Dylann Roof Found Competent To Stand Trial

Posted: Nov 25, 2016 11:15 AM
Dylann Roof Found Competent To Stand Trial

Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina last June has been deemed competent to stand trial. A federal judge made the announcement on Friday. Roof was arrested following a brief manhunt on the day after the shooting.

Roof is on trial for killing nine people at the Mother Emanuel AME Church during a Bible study. Roof said that he hoped the killings would start a race war.

Roof was examined by a psychiatrist earlier this month after jury selection was delayed due to questions of his competency. He faces 33 federal hate crime-related charges, in addition to nine murder charges at the state level, and could be sentenced to death if he is convicted.