Judge to Weigh Objections to Closed Church Shooting Hearing
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A federal judge in South Carolina will hear objections from news organizations to closing a hearing in the Charleston church shootings trial.
The defense wants to keep some evidence out of Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial on hate crimes and other counts stemming from the June 2015 assault that killed nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel has proposed reviewing the evidence this week in a closed hearing saying that revealing it beforehand could interfere with seating an impartial jury.
On Wednesday he hears objections from attorneys representing The Post and Courier newspaper and WCBD-TV.
Attorney Jay Bender represents the newspaper and says that instead of closing the hearing, the evidence issue can be handled by close questioning of potential jurors before the trial that begins in November.