Dylann Roof declared competent to stand trial

Dylann Roof appears at a court hearing in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, July 16, 2015. A judge ruled Thursday that Roof, accused of killing nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June, will stand trial in July, 2016. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

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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