Dylann Roof locked in cell near officer who shot Walter Scott
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The suspect in the shooting at a historically black South Carolina church is being held in a jail cell near the former police officer charged with killing Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who fled on foot after a traffic stop.

Dylann Roof, who allegedly killed nine people on Wednesday, and former officer Michael Slager are both being held by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Roof is in Cell 1141B, while Slager is in 1140B. The cells are near one another in the same unit, the sheriff’s office told The Hill.


Slager has been in jail since April, when he was arrested for killing Scott while on duty. The shooting, which was captured on video, prompted public outcry and accusations that the killing had a racial component. Slager was indicted for murder earlier this month.

Roof, meanwhile, was arrested on Thursday in North Carolina after allegedly killing nine people at a church in Charleston. He confessed the crime to officers, according to CNN, and said he wanted to start a race war with his attack.

The Associated Press first reported the cell assignments.

A magistrate set Roof’s bail for a weapons charge at $1 million, although the magistrate did not hold the authority to set bail on the nine murder counts he faces. Only a circuit court can do that.

During the hearing, Roof appeared on a videoconference, with family members of the shooting victims allowed to speak. Many of those who spoke to the court brought a message of forgiveness.

"I just wanted everybody to know, to you, I forgive you," said the daughter of Ethel Lee Lance, one of the shooting victims, who spoke first. "You took something very precious away from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you."