Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

As the news station noted, the Branch AME is about 30 minutes away from Emanuel and also had a Bible study that night. "I'm trying to get through it", Berry said Wednesday, moments before heading to the very Bible study class that was canceled the night of the shootings. No information was given about whether Roof entered the church or whether anyone was in the building when he got there, but Roof did shut off his Global Positioning System device for several minutes while at the church. Even if the gathering hadn't been canceled, it would've been over by the time Roof arrived, he said.

"I thank God that he had us protected", Berry said.

During Roof's trial, prosecutors presented evidence showing he had lists of other black churches in his vehicle when he was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina. The details about the Branch AME church were not mentioned, however. Prosecutors said in a motion that the similarities between the two churches, and that Roof was still armed, "supports the inference that Defendant meant to continue his racially-motivated violence at Branch AME Church that night and, more specifically, that his intended targets were African-American congregants at a church". They argued the evidence was "irrelevant", and Roof had driven past the church.

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Further court documents show prosecutors ultimately withdrew their request to introduce information about Branch AME at trial.

Roof told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents after his arrest that he had been "too tired" to kill again after the Mother Emanuel attack.

Roof must still face a death penalty trial in state court, which was postponed during his federal trial and has not been rescheduled. Roof is also seeking a new federal trial, saying prosecutors didn't have jurisdiction to bring their case against him.

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