USA: Charleston victims' families need time to mourn - chief prosecutor

Families of the victims of the Charleston church shooting "need the time and the space to mourn and to grieve," the county's chief prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said in Charleston, Friday. Wilson made the comments at a press conference after a hearing in the case of Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white male who is believed to have opened fire inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church killing nine people during a prayer meeting on Wednesday. Roof was caught by police in North Carolina on Thursday and brought back to Charleston, where he attended a hearing. He was charged with nine counts of murder and one charge for possession of a firearm. The murder charges render bail impossible under state law. The suspect only spoke via video link when the judge asked him a question and otherwise remained silent for the rest of the hearing. Relatives of the victims addressed Roof one by one personally, some saying they forgive him for what he has done. Mourners are expected to gather in Charleston later on Friday for a community vigil in memory of the victims of the shooting.