Federal hearing set for accused Charleston shooter

Loretta Lynch
FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Lynch announced that Dylann Roof, the man accused of slaying of nine black church members in Charleston last month was indicted July 22, on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion, which could include the death penalty. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspected South Carolina church shooter now facing dozens of new charges, including hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion, is due in federal court next week.

Court records show 21-year-old Dylann Roof is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Charleston.

The prosecution, particularly on hate crimes, has been expected since the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston.

Roof is white and appeared in photos waving Confederate flags and burning or desecrating U.S. flags. Federal authorities have confirmed his use of a personal manuscript in which he decried integration and used racial slurs to refer to blacks.

Roof faces 33 federal charges and is charged with numerous state crimes. Prosecutors haven’t said if they’ll seek the death penalty.

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Kinnard reported from Columbia, South Carolina.

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Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

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