White supremacist Dylann Roof drove toward 2nd black church - court docs
- Author: Archie Newman Feb 23, 2017,
Feb 23, 2017, 0:52
The documents show that Roof's vehicle contained a list of several predominantly African-American churches, and his Global Positioning System records revealed how he departed the Mother Emanuel Church after the massacre and drove 20 miles to a second church in a nearby community.
Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Roof shut off his Global Positioning System, something they say indicates he stopped the vehicle.
In court documents unsealed Tuesday, federal prosecutors said they had Global Positioning System evidence showing that Dylann Roof exited the interstate and drove toward a church in Summerville, about 30 miles from Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, after committing the June 2015 slayings. Like Emanuel, the Branch church was holding its weekly Bible study that night.
The motion noted no commercial buildings are near the Branch church, suggesting Roof visited the area only to enter the church.
An avowed white supremacist who targeted the black church intentionally, Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crime charges in December and sentenced to death last month for the shooting.
Prosecutors argue that this shows Roof was contemplating another attack, but defense attorneys have said there is no evidence of this.
Roof carried out his attack at Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night, June 17, 2015.
Other documents show Roof confessed to a coworker in 2014 that he was racist. However, newly unsealed documents now reveal previously unknown details, including how Roof had more mayhem planned for the evening.
Roof must still face a death penalty trial in state court, which was postponed during his federal trial and has not been rescheduled.