Dylann Roof stopped at second church after Charleston shooting

According to newly released court documents, convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof traveled to a second AME church after killing nine people at Emanuel AME but was too exhausted to continue shooting. When he left Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Roof got back on the interstate and took an exit that brought him to Branch AME Church about 30 miles away, per the station, which cited Global Positioning System data not used in his federal trial.

The details were not part of the federal case against Roof, who was last month sentenced to death.

Roof was sentenced to death in January after a jury convicted him of all 33 federal charges.

In the motion, Roof's attorneys argued his case happened entirely in SC and involved only "incidental and everyday use" of areas affected by the commerce clause, like the internet or purchases from another state.




Defense attorneys argued there was no evidence to suggest Roof was going to continue his attack at another church.

In his Federal Bureau of Investigation interview after his arrest, Roof told police he was too exhausted after his Emanuel massacre to keep shooting.

The motion was one of several documents unsealed Tuesday, after federal prosecutors objected to Roof's request for a new federal trial. They noted that Roof used interstate highways, telephones and the internet to prepare for and carry out his attack, and interstate commerce enabled him to obtain a foreign-made gun, ammunition, magazines and a tactical pouch that he used in the massacre of nine black worshippers at the Charleston church. He awaits a state trial on murder charges.

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