Dylann Roof will face jury says judge

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. (AP) – Dylann Roof, the accused Charleston church shooter, filed to have the judge in his case to make the judgment on his guilt or innocence – NOT a jury, last week.

Today Judge Richard M. Gergel rejected the request, according to WCSC.

The judge has set Nov. 7 as the day to begin selecting jurors for the federal trial of Dylann Roof.

Roof faces numerous federal counts, including hate crimes, in the June 17 shootings.

Defense attorneys and federal prosecutors said they felt they had enough time to prepare their case.

The trial is estimated to last up to six weeks.

Roof’s state trial on murder charges is scheduled for January. Prosecutors in both jurisdictions are seeking the death penalty.

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