Jury pool of 600 to be summoned in church shooting case

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Posted: Jan 28, 2016 8:20 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge has ordered that a jury pool of 600 people be summoned in the trial of a white man accused in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church.

The state is seeking the death penalty in the trial of Dylann Roof, who faces nine counts of murder and other charges in state court in the slayings at Emanuel AME Church last June. The trial is set to begin on July 11.

In an order issued Wednesday, Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson said that a jury pool of 600 is needed because of the complexity of the case.

Roof also faces dozens of charges including hate crimes in federal court. Prosecutors have not yet said whether the federal government will seek the death penalty.