- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on legal maneuvering in the state and federal trials of Dylann Roof, who is charged in the Charleston church shootings (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A judge has delayed the start of the state trial for the man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church, giving the prosecution and defense more time to prepare.

Dylann Roof is charged with nine counts of murder in the shooting deaths of black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church last year.

Jury selection in the trial was to have begun in December with testimony set for January. But Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson indicated during a hearing Wednesday he will delay jury selection until January.

That would provide more time between the start of the state trial and Roof’s federal trial on hate crime and other charges.

Public Defender Ashley Pennington told the judge he won’t be able to meet with Roof while Roof stands trial in federal court in a case beginning in November.

And prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said the delay allows her more time to prepare for jury selection after another high-profile case. She is prosecuting former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager for murder in the April 2015 shooting death of black motorist Walter Scott. That trial is set for Oct. 31.

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11 a.m.

The attorney for Charleston church shooting defendant Dylann Roof says he doesn’t now intend to ask that Roof’s federal death penalty trial be moved from Charleston.

But in court documents filed Wednesday, defense attorney David Bruck says it would be irresponsible to say now that he might not ask that it be moved in the future.

Bruck says he’s confident an impartial jury for the November trial can be selected from Charleston area. But he says if that can’t be done, the defense might be forced to reconsider its position on moving the trial.

Roof faces hate crimes and other charges in the June, 2015, shooting deaths of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.

Bruck has asked that the jury be selected from the Charleston area, instead of the entire state of South Carolina.

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9:30 a.m.

A South Carolina prosecutor says that a federal trial is unlikely to deliver the justice the state finds to be appropriate in the case of Dylann Roof, who is charged in the Charleston church shootings.

Scarlett Wilson, in court documents late Tuesday, renewed her request that judges in the state and federal cases get together and set trial schedule that lets South Carolina try Roof first.

Roof faces a possible death sentence in both state and federal courts. But Wilson says that the federal government hasn’t carried out a death sentence in years. And she says that a federal trial may be unnecessary if there is a death sentence in state court.

A state judge has set a Wednesday hearing on the matter.

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5:30 a.m.

A judge is considering whether Charleston church shooting defendant Dylann Roof should go to trial in state court before his federal trial.

His state trial on murder charges is currently set for January but prosecutor Scarlett Wilson wants the state to try Roof before his November federal trial on hate crimes and other counts.

Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson has called a hearing later Wednesday on the matter.

Public Defender Ashley Pennington has called Wilson’s request to move up the state trial “reckless and shortsighted.”

The 22-year-old defendant faces the death penalty in both state and federal court in the June 2015 shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME church.


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