Dylann Roof declared competent to stand trial

Dylann Roof
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 black churchgoers in Charleston. Roof also faces federal charges including hate crimes. Prosecutors in that case have not said if they will pursue the death penalty. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

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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