Church responds to lawsuit over donations after shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the South Carolina church where nine parishioners were shot and killed in what police called a racially motivated attack have responded to a lawsuit seeking an accounting of millions of dollars in donations.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that attorneys for Emanuel AME deny that the church hasn't been forthcoming with donation information.

Arthur Hurd's wife, Cynthia, was one of the nine killed. He sued after saying he asked the church for information and got nothing.

Last month, the church said it would donate about $1.5 million of the $3.4 million given after the June 17 shooting to an organization that collected money for the victims. Charleston's Hope Fund has raised close to $3 million for the families of those killed and the five survivors.