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The Latest: Jurors questioned in Charleston church trial

CHARLESTON, S. C. – The Latest on the trial of Dylann Roof, the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church (all times are local):

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11 hours

Three jurors have been qualified so far as to sit on the panel that will decide the fate of a man accused of a deadly shooting nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church.

The slow process of juror qualifications began Monday for the federal trial of Dylann Roof. Potential jurors are called in for the one-on-one questions to a pool of 70 will be deemed qualified.

The hearing began moments after U. S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled Roof can represent themselves in hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion-and other charges in the June 2015 attack on Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Gergel said he would reluctantly accept the 22-year-old is “not wise” decision, which also came against his lawyers advice.

Sitting in the top lawyer seat, Roof has had no objections so many potential jurors. His defense team remains as the state-council.

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10 hours

Potential jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of a man accused of a deadly shooting nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church.

A first panel of eight white women and two white men were called into the courtroom Monday morning for one-on-one questioning by the judge presiding over the Dylann Roof of the trial.

The doubt came moments after U. S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled that the Roof can represent themselves in hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion-and other costs. Gergel said he would reluctantly accept the 22-year-old is “not wise” decision, which also came against his lawyers advice.

The police says the Roof hurled racist insults at the six women and three men he is accused of killing, and the three people that he is still alive, in the June 2015 attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

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9:40 pm

The white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will act as his own lawyer in his federal death penalty trial.

Dylann Roof request Monday came against his lawyers’ advice, and the U. S. District Judge Richard Gergel said that he would reluctantly accept the 22-year-old is “not wise” decision.

Noted death penalty lawyer David Bruck, then slid over and let the Roof, take the lead on a chair. The lawyers are and will help Roof, if he asks.

The police says the Roof hurled racist insults at the six women and three men he is accused of killing, and the three people that he is still alive, in the June 2015 attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the Roof of hate crimes, obstruction of the freedom of religion and other costs.

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3:15 pm

Jury selection is resuming again in the federal case of a white man on trial for fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston church last year.

Twenty-two-year-old Dylann Roof is charged with counts including hate crimes and obstruction of the religion in the Emanuel AME Church shootings. It is the first of two death penalty trials and tribulations that he faces.

The selection process is stopped Nov. 7 after the Roof of the lawyers questioned his ability to understand the case against him. U. S. District Judge Richard Gergel’s ruling last week cleared the way for Monday the process to begin again.

From Monday 516 potential jurors will report to court individually questioned by the judge. When 70 qualified jurors are picked, lawyers can use strikes to dismiss that they do not want.

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