Dylann Roof appointed same lawyer as Boston Marathon bomber, Susan Smith

FILE -In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. A jail clerk made a mistake when entering information about a drug arrest for church shooting suspect Roof, the first in a series of missteps that allowed Roof to purchase a gun he shouldn't have been able to buy two months before the attack, authorities said. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The lawyer who represented the Boston Marathon bomber has been assigned to the case of the suspected South Carolina church shooter now facing dozens of new charges, including hate crimes.

Court records show David Bruck has been provisionally appointed to defend 21-year-old Dylann Roof on federal charges. Bruck has defended high-profile defendants including Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death, and Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother sentenced to life for drowning her two sons.

Roof faces 33 federal charges and is charged with numerous state crimes. Prosecutors haven’t said if they’ll seek the death penalty.

The shootings happened June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

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