Prosecutors said that the man charged in the Charleston church shootings last year checked out the Emanuel AME Church and most likely was trying to get to Nashville when he was arrested after the shootings.
According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors highlight how the charges against Dylann Roof involve interstate commerce. The defense wants the charges thrown out, saying the shootings are not related to interstate commerce as required to charge hate crimes under federal law.
Prosecutors also point out that Roof drove on an interstate and had a GPS unit with directions for Nashville when he was arrested in North Carolina on June 18th, 2015, a day after the shootings.
They also point out that a phone call was made from Roof’s house to the church months before the shootings.