Prosecutor: Roof federal case conflicts with state, holidays

Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old from Lexington County, South Carolina, has been named the suspect sought in the shooting death of nine people killed at a Charleston church on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (Photos: Lexington County Detention Center/Facebook)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The state prosecutor trying accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof says trying Roof in federal court in November for hate crimes and other charges interferes with both his scheduled January state trial and the victims’ and jurors’ holidays.

Roof’s federal trial stemming from the Emanuel AME shootings is set for Nov. 7 and attorneys say it could last six weeks. The 22-year-old faces nine counts of murder in state court.

Scarlett Wilson, who said she raised the concerns during a brief court hearing Monday, said in an email to The Associated Press that November is “a horrible time for a trial for anyone.”

And Wilson says the state has primary custody of Roof so he must serve his state sentence before a federal sentence regardless of who tries the case first. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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