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Jurors see 360-degree views of church slayings

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Sitting in an eerily silent courtroom, jurors have seen stark 360-degree computer views of the crime scene in the fellowship hall at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston where nine black parishioners were gunned down.
   The scenes were shown for more than 30 minutes during Dylann Roof's death penalty trial on Thursday. They showed the victims lying in pools of blood near the circular tables where they were conducting a Bible study. Bullet casings and gun magazines were strewn around the scene.
   Britany Burke, who was the lead investigator for the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division at the time, testified that 22 projectiles were recovered from scene while 54 more were recovered from the bodies of the victims.
   Roof is charged with 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, in the June 2015 shootings. Prosecutors say he targeted the black parishioners because he wanted to start a race war.
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