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South Carolina shooter Dylann Roof ruled mentally competent to stand trial after 2015 shooting

Posted at 6:46 AM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 15:28:44-05

According to the Post and Courier, a judge has ruled Dylann Roof, 22, mentally competent to stand trial.

Following a psychiatric exam on November 15, the ruling was released by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleston.

Roof is accused of shooting nine people during Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Authorities say he targeted the victims because they were black. He faces a total of 33 federal charges, including violations of hate crime laws and religious freedoms.

Jury selection will begin Monday, November 28. He also faces the death penalty in state court where he is charged with murder in a trial set to begin next year.