Prosecutors could soon wrap case against in church shooting

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Prosecutors could soon wrap up their case against the man accused of slaying nine blacks during a Bible study at a South Carolina church.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson says he has about a dozen more witnesses to call in the prosecution of Dylann Roof.

Roof faces 33 federal charges including hate crimes in the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. His attorneys say Roof would be willing to plead guilty if prosecutors dropped their pursuit of the death penalty.

On Monday, agents testified they found a list of other local black churches in Roof’s car.

Prosecutors say they plan to call more law enforcement officers to testify, along with experts on cellphone evidence. Richardson says the last witness he’ll call is shooting survivor Polly Sheppard.

By Tuesday morning, 12 witnesses were left. Witness testimony is expected to end on Wednesday, with closing states expected on Thursday.

News 2 Reporter Ashley Yost is covering the Dylann Roof federal trial and will be live-tweeting from the courtroom.

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