Federal prosecutors on Monday said they want a jury to determine Dylann Roof’s guilt and appropriate punishment when he goes to trial this year in the deadly mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, in a filing at U.S. District Court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said the government would not consent to Roof’s request for a trial by a judge.
Last week a notice was filed by Roof’s attorneys stating that he wanted to waive his right to a jury trial in the death penalty case and instead have Judge Richard Gergel decide his fate.
Under federal court rules, prosecutors must also agree to such a move and a judge must approve.
This coming Friday, June 17th, marks the first anniversary of the shootings.