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Documents: After shooting, Dylann Roof went toward second black church

25 February 2017
Documents: After shooting, Dylann Roof went toward second black church

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist convicted in the horrific attack on the Emanuel AME in Charleston, S.C. reportedly stopped at another AME church on the night of the massacre, newly released court documents claim.

The evidence shows Roof exited the interstate and drove toward Branch AME church in Summerville after the massacre at Emanuel AME.

Investigators traced Roof's route by analyzing a Global Positioning System device found in his vehicle.

Roof carried out his attack at Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night, June 17, 2015. Roof had represented himself in court since the penalty phase of the trial began. The GPS showed that Roof shut off the device for about two minutes as he approached Branch AME, a sign that he had stopped his auto near the church at 482 Jedburg Road, prosecutors said. They argued the evidence was "irrelevant", and Roof had driven past the church.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Roof shut off his Global Positioning System, something they say indicates he stopped the vehicle. "But what I meant when I said that was, I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it", Roof said.

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.

"Given the large number of AME churches in SC, he also drove nearby many other AME churches between Charleston and Shelby, but there is no evidence that he approached any of them", the defense motion stated, according to The Post and Courier.

Defense lawyers in court documents disputed that Roof stopped at the church. According to Bruck, the Global Positioning System data showed that Roof drove past Branch AME at 30 to 40 miles per hour.

Roof was convicted in December of all 33 federal hate crime charges against him, and he was sentenced to death.