After Charleston, Roof went toward second AME church, docs say

The GPS system in Roof's auto showed the murderer had even driven to a second black church some 30 miles away, prosecutors said, after committing the first shootings at Mother Emanuel AME. When he arrived at the building, his Global Positioning System was shut off for several minutes, indicating that he had turned off his vehicle.

In court documents unsealed Tuesday, federal prosecutors said they had Global Positioning System evidence showing that Dylann Roof exited the interstate and drove toward a church in Summerville, about 30 miles from Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, after committing the June 2015 slayings. Like Emanuel, the church had a Bible study that night, though it's unclear whether anyone was inside at that time or whether Roof actually left his vehicle.

Prosecutors were responding to a motion filed earlier this month by Roof's lawyers, who are seeking to throw out his death sentence in favor of a life prison term by targeting the charges eligible for capital punishment.

Roof carried out his attack at Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night, June 17, 2015.

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The documents contradicted defense arguments that there was no evidence suggesting a second church attack.

Last December, a federal court convicted white supremacist Dylann Roof of nine racially-motivated murders in the 2015 Charleston church massacre. The comment came after someone made a racist joke.

Roof must still face a death penalty trial in state court, which was postponed during his federal trial and has not been rescheduled.

Newly unsealed documents in Roof's federal case cite Global Positioning System data that was not presented in his trial.

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