S.C. church shooting suspect expected in court Thursday

Dylann Roof expected in court for hearing on whether documents will be made public.

Dylann Storm Roof
CORRECTS BYLINE TO BEN EARP FROM CHUCK BURTON - Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof, second from left, is escorted from the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Earp)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, church shootings is expected in court Thursday for a hearing on whether documents will be released to the news media.

Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says Dylann Roof also will be presented with indictments. Roof faces nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and a weapons charge in the June 17 fatal shooting of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.

The Associated Press, The Post and Courier of Charleston, WCIV-TV in Charleston and the South Carolina Press Association are challenging an order issued last week stopping attorneys from discussing the case and preventing the release of 911 calls, witness statements and coroner reports.

The judge said Roof’s right to a fair trial could be in jeopardy because of pretrial publicity.

 

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