Jury questionnaires have been submitted for the upcoming death penalty case of accused Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof. However, attorneys want a judge to keep those questionnaires confidential.
According to the Associated Press, the questionnaires were turned in this week as part of a joint motion filed by both defense and prosecution attorneys.
The attorneys said the questionnaires need to be sealed, because allowing them to become public could hamper the ability to seat an impartial jury in the case. It’s expected that between 1,200 and 1,500 individuals could be summoned from the Charleston area to serve as potential jurors.
Roof, 22, is facing a number of charges that include hate crimes for the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last year.
The trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 5. Roof is also facing the death penalty in a state trial slated to start early next year.