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Prosecutor to present murder indictments for Dylann Roof at hearing on release of documents

  • Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson addresses the court during a hearing for Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Nicholson ruled Thursday that Roof, accused of killing nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June, will stand trial in July, 2016. (Randall Hill, Pool Photo via AP)

    Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson addresses the court during a hearing for Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Nicholson ruled Thursday that Roof, accused of killing nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June, will stand trial in July, 2016. (Randall Hill, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dylann Roof appears at a court hearing in Charleston, S.C.

    Dylann Roof appears at a court hearing in Charleston, S.C.  (AP)

  • Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson addresses the court during a hearing for Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Nicholson ruled Thursday that Roof, accused of killing nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June, will stand trial in July, 2016. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson addresses the court during a hearing for Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Nicholson ruled Thursday that Roof, accused of killing nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June, will stand trial in July, 2016. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, church shootings is expected in court Thursday for a hearing on whether documents will be released to the news media.

Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says Dylann Roof also will be presented with indictments. Roof faces nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and a weapons charge in the June 17 fatal shooting of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.

The Associated Press, The Post and Courier of Charleston, WCIV-TV in Charleston and the South Carolina Press Association are challenging an order issued last week stopping attorneys from discussing the case and preventing the release of 911 calls, witness statements and coroner reports.

The judge said Roof's right to a fair trial could be in jeopardy because of pretrial publicity.