The Latest: State: Justice unlikely in federal church trial

This April 2015 photo released by the Lexington County (S.C.) Detention Center shows Dylann Roof, 21. Charleston Police identified Roof as the shooter who opened fire during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, killing several people. (Lexington County (S.C.) Detention Center via AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on legal maneuvering in the state and federal trials of Dylann Roof, who is charged in the Charleston church shootings (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

A South Carolina prosecutor says that a federal trial is unlikely to deliver the justice the state finds to be appropriate in the case of Dylann Roof, who is charged in the Charleston church shootings.

Scarlett Wilson, in court documents late Tuesday, renewed her request that judges in the state and federal cases get together and set trial schedule that lets South Carolina try Roof first.

Roof faces a possible death sentence in both state and federal courts. But Wilson says that the federal government hasn’t carried out a death sentence in years. And she says that a federal trial may be unnecessary if there is a death sentence in state court.

Related: Church shooting attorney calls state prosecutor ‘reckless’

A state judge has set a Wednesday hearing on the matter.


5:30 a.m.

A judge is considering whether Charleston church shooting defendant Dylann Roof should go to trial in state court before his federal trial.

His state trial on murder charges is currently set for January but prosecutor Scarlett Wilson wants the state to try Roof before his November federal trial on hate crimes and other counts.

Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson has called a hearing later Wednesday on the matter.

Public Defender Ashley Pennington has called Wilson’s request to move up the state trial “reckless and shortsighted.”

The 22-year-old defendant faces the death penalty in both state and federal court in the June 2015 shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME church.

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