Court finds Dylann Roof competent to stand trial in South Carolina church shooting

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Dylann Roof

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dylann Roof, the man who is accused of killing nine people at a historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been found competent to stand trial.

After closed hearings on Nov. 21 and 22, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel announced Friday that Roof is competent to stand trial, according to CBS News.

Authorities say Roof, 22, fatally shot participants of a Wednesday night Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. Three people were wounded.

Now, Roof faces nine counts of murder in connection with the crime.

The jury selection process is set to begin Monday while the trial is slated to start in mid-January. Authorities are seeking the death penalty.

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