Admitted Charleston Church shooter wants to waive right to federal jury trial

Dylann Roof
FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. A South Carolina prosecutor said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, that she will seek the death penalty for Roof, who is charged with killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston. Roof also faces federal charges including hate crimes. Prosecutors in that case have not said if they will pursue the death penalty. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Admitted Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof now wants to waive his right to a federal jury trial.

The motion was filed in federal court on Thursday, June 6. In the motion, it says Roof is willing to waive a jury, and be tried and sentenced by the judge.

It goes on to say prosecutors have told the defense they would not consent to waiving the jury in this case.

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Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel had set November 7 as the day to begin selecting jurors for the federal trial of Dylann Roof.

Roof faces numerous federal counts, including hate crimes, in the June 17 shootings. Both state and federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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