Dylann Roof declared competent to stand trial

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FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. A South Carolina prosecutor said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, that she will seek the death penalty for Roof, who is charged with killing nine...

WSPA Staff - CHARLESTON, S.C. – A judge has declared Dylann Roof, the white man charged with killing nine black parishioners at a Charleston church, competent to stand trial.

The ruling was released Friday morning by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleston.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, November 28 at 9 a.m.

Roof's federal trial is set for November. He also faces the death penalty in state court where he is charged with murder in a trial set to begin early next year.

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