Judge’s Order Explains Mistrial Denial For Roof

By Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the federal death penalty trial of a man accused of killing nine black people during a South Carolina church Bible study (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A judge has explained in writing why he denied a request for a mistrial from a man accused of slaying nine people during a Bible study at a South Carolina church.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel wrote in an order filed Tuesday that attorneys for Dylann Roof didn’t make a timely objection to powerful testimony from Felicia Sanders, one of the survivors of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church.

Sanders testified last week Roof is “evil” and belonged in hell. A day after her testimony, Roof’s defense team said testimony characterizing possible penalties for their client shouldn’t be allowed, but Gergel disagreed.

Roof faces a possible death sentence if he’s convicted. Another death penalty trial in state court is planned for next year.

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11 a.m.

An expert says a GPS device found in the car of the man charged with killing nine people at a South Carolina church shows the path he took the day of the shootings.

Jay Dee Krull works at Garmin, where he has helped design GPS devices. He testified Tuesday that timestamps from a Garmin found in Dylann Roof’s car show he got to the church before the shootings and left more than an hour later.

Law enforcement agents testified Monday they found a GPS in Roof’s car when he was arrested the day after the shootings. Data from other days show Roof drove by the church in the months leading up to the shootings.

Roof faces a possible death sentence if he’s convicted in the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Another death penalty trial in state court is planned for next year.

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10:15 a.m.

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