Judge asks if defense wants to move church shooting trial


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge wants to know if attorneys for Charleston church shooting defendant Dylann Roof will ask that the trial be moved from Charleston.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, in an order Wednesday, asks that the defense inform the court of their plans by Friday.

Friday is the anniversary of the Emanuel AME shootings in which nine black parishioners were killed during a Bible study. Roof faces hate crimes and other charges, and the government is seeking the death penalty in the trial set for Nov. 7.

Defense attorney David Bruck has asked that the jury be selected from the Charleston and nearby Beaufort areas, not from across South Carolina.

He has said it would be a challenge for jurors from across the state to have to come to Charleston.