CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Prosecutors estimate it will take about seven days to present their case against Dylann Roof, who is charged with hate crimes in the fatal shooting of nine black parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina, church last year.
Roof’s lawyers were put back on the case Monday by the judge after Roof requested it. They said they wouldn’t need much time to prepare for the guilt phase of Roof’s trial, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Roof, meaning there will be a second, penalty phase of the trial if he’s found guilty. For that part, Roof wants to go back to being his own lawyer.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also ruled Monday that Roof’s parents, grandmother and grandfather can remain in the courtroom during the trial even though they’re potential witnesses. All other witnesses must stay out until they testify. Roof’s grandfather is a lawyer.