Charleston Shooter’s Trial Delayed


On Thursday, a federal judge delayed the trial for a white man accused of murdering nine Black churchgoers at a Charleston, South Carolina church earlier this year.

Jury selection in the case of 21-year-old Dylann Roof had been set for next month. But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel agreed to push the trial until January after legal counsel on both sides said they needed more time to prepare.

Roof faces dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes, stemming from the June 17 massacre at the historic Emanuel AME Church.

Roof did not attend the meeting. He waived his right to appear on Wednesday.

Roof’s attorneys have said he would like to plead guilty. Whether federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty is unclear. The Justice Department is still reviewing the matter. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will ultimately decide if the government will pursue a death sentence.

Roof was arraigned in federal court on 33 charges in late July. He faces additional counts in state court, including nine murder charges.

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