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

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof stopped by another black church the night of his Bible study massacre in 2015, court papers show.

Newly released court documents (via ABC News) claim that the 22-year-old left the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and traveled to the Branch AME Church, with the documents citing Global Positioning System data that was not revealed during the trial.

None of these specific details were part of the case against Roof, who was sentenced to death last month.

Roof's attorneys argued that his actions didn't constitute interstate commerce - a necessary component for the federal prosecution - because the attack was planned and executed completely within SC. The Branch AME church also held a Wednesday night Bible study, according to the documents, ABC said, but the study may have been over by the time he got to the church. They noted that Roof used interstate highways, telephones and the internet to prepare for and carry out his attack, and interstate commerce enabled him to obtain a foreign-made gun, ammunition, magazines and a tactical pouch that he used in the massacre of nine black worshippers at the Charleston church.

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Global Positioning System information from Dylann Roof's auto reveals a chilling detail: He stopped at a second SC church after his massacre, reports ABC affiliate WCIV.

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

Other documents show Roof confessed to a coworker in 2014 that he was racist.

State prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty against Roof for murder charges, but that trial was indefinitely postponed during his federal proceedings.

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