Church suspect competency hearing goes into second day

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Posted: Nov 22, 2016 12:13 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A closed hearing on the competency of Dylann Roof to stand trial in the killing of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church is in its second day.

The hearing before U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel is continuing Tuesday in Charleston.

Gergel ruled the hearing that began Monday would remain closed amid concern its contents could taint potential jurors' view of Roof. Gergel says he'll rule later this week on whether the trial can continue.

Also Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley attends a prayer vigil blocks away at Emanuel AME Church, site of the 2015 shootings. The vigil is among those happening statewide at Haley's request to encourage prayer for South Carolina during the trials of Roof and former North Charleston officer Michael Slager, as well recovery from Hurricane Matthew.