Accused Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof has expressed his desire to waive his right to a jury trial in federal court, and would instead let a judge decide his fate.
This comes after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel set a November 7 trial start date, Roof’s attorneys filed a notice of intent to waive the right to a jury trial.
Federal prosecutors would have to agree with the motion and they have thus far indicated they would not be willing to do so.
But if both sides and the judge were to agree, it could mean that some 1,500 South Carolina residents would not be called as potential jurors and could even move the trial schedule forward.
Roof is accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, in a Wednesday night Bible study in the church’s basement.