After the horrendous crime that took the lives of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, perpetrator Dylan Roof may be facing one of the harshest forms of punishment: the death penalty. The 21-year-old is scheduled to go on trial in July, 2016. [Clutch]

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Laywers say the current July 11 court date doesn't give the defense adequate time to prepare.

Lauren Porter
Apr, 13, 2016

It's been nearly ten months since Dylan Roof entered Charleston's historic Emanuel AME Church, spraying gunfire and tragically killing nine people.

A judge set a trial date to begin mid-July. Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder, but now Roof's lawyers have made claims that they need more time to prepare an adequate defense.

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The Grio reports that the attorneys filed a petition last week with the courts to have the date delayed because the pre-scheduled date doesn't allow for substantial preparation and investigation to best benefit Roof's defense.

A potential jury pool will convene at the end of June and should things go as planned, Roof's trial will begin on June 11.