Dylann Roof pleads not guilty to federal charges in SC church attack

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Accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof looked solemn as he appeared remotely by video before a judge on June 20, 2015.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dylann Roof pleaded not guilty Friday to 33 federal charges in the June 17 attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., according to the court clerk’s office.

Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted Roof on 33 counts, including federal hate crime and firearms charges, in the shooting that killed nine people.

Roof, 21, already faces a number of state charges in the shooting.

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a former state senator who was the church pastor, was among those killed.

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