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Judge delays federal trial in Charleston church shooting

Charleston AME Church
Posted at 12:02 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 12:02:00-05

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge has again delayed a trial for a man accused of shooting and killing nine people at a church in Charleston.

Defense attorney David Bruck said Tuesday that attorneys are still reviewing evidence against Dylann Roof, who faces dozens of federal charges in the slayings at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church in June.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel had moved the trial from October until January. Tuesday, he postponed the trial again, without setting a date.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said there's been no decision from the U.S. Justice department on whether to seek the death penalty if Roof is convicted.

The state prosecutor handling the murder charges against Roof has told Gergel she wants to prosecute the case first. That trial is set for July.