Deal transfers Charleston church shooter to federal custody

FILE - Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in North Charleston, S.C, on Friday, June 19, 2015.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities have agreed to transfer South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof to federal custody following an agreement to plead guilty to state murder charges, thus avoiding a second death sentence.

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Court documents filed Sunday show Roof, his attorneys and state and federal prosecutors have agreed that Roof should be officially transferred to federal authorities.

Roof has been in state custody since his arrest following the slayings of nine people at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. He's already been sentenced to death on federal charges including hate crimes, and this agreement allows him to begin serving time in the federal system.

Last week, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Roof had agreed to plead guilty to state charges in exchange for a life sentence. That hearing is set for April 10.

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