Crime & Courts

Attorneys in Dylann Roof murder trial excused from all other court proceedings


A 9th Circuit court judge has excused the two court-appointed attorneys for accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof from participating in all other trials to allow them to prepare for Roof’s trial.

Court documents filed with the Charleston County Clerk of Court’s Office on Friday revealed that Judge J. C. Nicholson Jr. approved a motion filed by Roof’s public defenders, William McGuire and Ashley Pennington, to be excused from appearing in all other court matters leading up to Roof’s trial, which is scheduled to begin July 11.

The documents said McGuire will begin to focus solely on Roof’s trial beginning Dec. 1, while Pennington will be excused from all other court matters beginning Sept. 1.

Solicitor Scarlet Wilson, deputy solicitor Bruce DuRant and assistant solicitor Benjamin Simpson also are to be excused from all other cases leading up to the trial.

Roof is accused of killing nine black parishioners at a bible study at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17. He has been charged with nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

He also faces federal charges.