Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Dylann Roof stopped at 2nd AME church after shooting


According to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday, Dylann Roof, who was convicted of killing the nine worshippers during Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, exited an interstate and drove approximately 30 miles northwest toward the Branch AME Church in Summerville, where another Bible study was advertised on a church sign.

Global Positioning System data obtained by officers showed that after the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Roof drove directly to the Branch AME Church in Summerville, South Carolina.

Prosecutors say he had driven past Branch AME numerous times before the shooting.

Prosecutors said the 22-year-old Roof turned off his Global Positioning System, indicating that he stopped his auto.

They noted similarities between Emanuel AME and Branch AME, as both churches have predominantly black congregations and held Bible studies on Wednesday nights.

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In the motion, Roof's attorneys argued his case happened entirely in SC and involved only "incidental and everyday use" of areas affected by the commerce clause, like the internet or purchases from another state.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence showing that the self-taught white supremacist, now 22, had lists of other black churches in his auto when he was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina.

Newly unsealed documents in Roof's federal case cite Global Positioning System data that was not presented in his trial.

But prosecutors argued there is "no commercial activity on the road where Branch AME is located that would otherwise prompted Defendant to stop at that location", in court documents.

In December, a jury convicted Roof of 33 federal charges for killing nine Bible study goers in cold blood as they prayed. He awaits a state trial on murder charges.

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