DYLANN ROOF TRIAL DAY 4: Shooter's Choice GM details when Roof bought gun

DYLANN ROOF TRIAL DAY 4: Shooter's Choice GM details when Roof bought gun

CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) - Jurors in the Dylann Roof trial heard testimony from SLED agents and from those at the shop where the accused Charleston church shooter bought the gun that allegedly gunned down nine African-American parishioners.

Monday a SLED agent continued on the stand. She processed the evidence, including a gun and Roof's journal, found in his car when he was arrested in North Carolina the day after nine people were killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

She showed a number of pictures she took of various items she found in the car – clothes, flash drives, a Glock handgun, boxes of ammo, and notes. She testified that one of those notes listed places in the state with higher ratios of black people to white people. She read another note that listed the names and addresses of other churches, including New Light Beulah Baptist in Hopkins and Bethel AME in Columbia.

Jurors also heard testimony from the GM of Shooter's Choice, the West Columbia gun store where Roof purchased his .45 caliber Glock. They learned the federal government didn't flag the purchase in time and Roof was allowed to buy in April 2015 – just two months before the shooting.

Roof had been arrested for drugs two months earlier, but Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon told The Associated Press that a jail clerk entered incorrect information that wasn't ever fixed in a state database.

When Roof sought to buy the gun, an FBI examiner spotted the arrest, but called the wrong agency to get his record. Without the necessary documents, the purchase had to go through after three days as is federally required.

Victims' families are suing the FBI for negligence in allowing the sale. FBI Director James Comey has said Roof should have never been allowed to buy the gun and promised a full review.

As court opened Monday morning, Roof's attorneys again argued prosecutors' first witness tainted the case against their client.

The defense team for Dylann Roof argues in court papers filed Monday comments made by one of the survivors of the Emanuel AME Church shooting could influence other witnesses who were in the courtroom at the time.

Felicia Sanders testified last week Roof belonged in "the pit of hell." Defense attorneys requested a mistrial, saying her testimony was suggestive he should get the death penalty.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel denied that motion and allowed Sanders' testimony to remain in the record. In their new filing, Roof's defense team asks the judge to reconsider that decision and also to instruct further witnesses to leave their opinions on potential sentences out of their testimony.

Friday the jury also heard the two-hour recorded confession of Dylann Roof where he admitted to the mass shooting in June 2015.

In it, Roof admits to killing nine people because of the color of their skin. In his journal, Roof wrote he wanted to start a race war.

The FBI agent who interviewed Roof said his goal was to get Roof to explain why he killed the church members.

Roof is facing 33 federal charges including nine counts of hate crimes resulting in death.

Federal prosecutors say they may end their case by Wednesday.

Previous stories:

Roof Trial Day One

Roof Trial Day Two

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