The state prosecutor who is trying accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof says his November trial in federal court for hate crimes and other charges interferes with both his state trial in January and holidays.
The concerns were raised Monday during a brief court hearing. The Post and Courier newspaper reported that Judge J.C. Nicholson said the state trial is now unlikely to happen in January because of the federal case. He made no immediate decision about the schedule.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said she raised the concerns during a brief court hearing Monday. She told The Associated Press in an email that November is “a horrible time for a trial for anyone.”
Roof’s federal trial in the Emanuel AME shootings is set for Nov. 7 and attorneys say it could last six weeks. The 22-year-old also faces nine counts of murder in state court in January.