The Latest: Charleston shooter back to jail, then to prison


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the state guilty plea hearing of convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof will return to a local jail after he pleads guilty to state murder charges, and will then be transferred to a federal prison.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press that Roof would go back to the Charleston County jail after his hearing Monday in state court. The official says Roof will technically be in the custody of U.S. Marshals Service.

The official says Roof will be transferred to a Bureau of Prisons facility “in short order.” The official spoke on a condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Roof was sentenced to death early this year on 33 federal charges related to the June 2015 slaughter at Emanuel AME Church. His state plea deal wraps up the prosecutions against him.

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2:50 a.m.

Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is expected to plead guilty to state murder charges, leaving him to await federal execution and sparing his victims and their families the burden of a second trial.

The 23-year-old Roof is set to plead guilty Monday to all state charges, including nine counts of murder. It’s part of a deal with prosecutors in exchange for a life prison sentence.

The self-avowed white supremacist was unapologetic at his federal trial as he heard days of testimony from survivors. In harrowing detail, they described the hail of bullets that began when parishioners closed their eyes to pray during a June 2015 Bible study at the historically black Emanuel AME Church.

Roof was convicted of 33 federal charges last year and sentenced to death.