CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Dylann Roof, the accused Charleston church shooter, filed to have the judge in his case to make the judgment on his guilt or innocence – NOT a jury, last week.
Today Judge Richard M. Gergel rejected the request, according to WCSC.
The judge has set Nov. 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.
Defense attorneys and federal prosecutors said they felt they had enough time to prepare their case.
The trial is estimated to last up to six weeks.
Roof’s state trial on murder charges is scheduled for January. Prosecutors in both jurisdictions are seeking the death penalty.
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