Judge sets trial for suspect in Charleston church shooting

Dylann Storm Roof
FILE -In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. A jail clerk made a mistake when entering information about a drug arrest for church shooting suspect Roof, the first in a series of missteps that allowed Roof to purchase a gun he shouldn't have been able to buy two months before the attack, authorities said. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The man accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston last month will stand trial next July.

Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a July 11, 2016, trial date for Dylann Roof, who sat quietly during a 25-minute hearing Thursday morning.

Public defender Ashley Pennington said he would not seek any bond for Roof.

Nicholson said he would have denied a request anyway, calling Roof a flight risk, noting he was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina, the day after the shootings. Roof hasn’t entered a plea.

Attorneys for The Associated Press and other media organizations asked for the release of police records from the investigation. Nicholson said the records will not be released before July 22 in order to give prosecutors, defense attorneys and family members time to object.

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