COLUMBIA, S.C. – Media organizations say police records and 911 calls concerning the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers this summer in Charleston, South Carolina, should be released.
Attorneys representing The Associated Press and other media outlets said in court papers filed Wednesday that the public's right to such information outweighs concerns for privacy for victims' relatives.
Lawyers for some of those families argue the release of the information would mean they are "further traumatized, victimized and harassed by continuous media coverage." A judge has previously expressed worry that such a release could affect suspect Dylann Roof's ability to get a fair trial.
Roof faces state charges including nine murder counts. On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted him on charges including hate crimes. Federal prosecutors also want the information withheld.
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