Roof Appointed Same Lawyer as Boston Marathon Bomber, Susan Smith

David Bruck has been provisionally appointed to defend 21-year-old Dylann Roof on federal charges.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The lawyer who represented the Boston Marathon bomber has been assigned to the case of the suspected South Carolina church shooter now facing dozens of new charges, including hate crimes.

Court records show David Bruck has been provisionally appointed to defend 21-year-old Dylann Roof on federal charges. Bruck has defended high-profile defendants including Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death, and Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother sentenced to life for drowning her two sons.

Dylann Roof
FILE – In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof appears via video before a judge, in Charleston, S.C., Friday, June 19, 2015. Roof is accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. (Centralized Bond Hearing Court via AP)

Roof faces 33 federal charges and is charged with numerous state crimes. Prosecutors haven’t said if they’ll seek the death penalty.

The shootings happened June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

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