Charleston church shooting suspect wants fed case dismissed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The white man accused of killing nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church wants the federal charges against him dismissed.

Attorneys for Dylann Roof argued in court papers filed Tuesday that the nearly three-dozen charges against Dylann Roof should be thrown out in part because they infringe on a case that is best argued in state court. Attorney Sarah Gannett also said she’d drop the challenge if the government agreed not to pursue the death penalty.

His attorneys have previously said Roof would plead guilty if the death penalty were off the table.

Roof’s federal trial for the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church is set to begin in November. State prosecutors are also pursuing the death penalty, and their case is slated for January.

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