State trial delayed in Emanuel AME shooting, further evaluation of Roof needed

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)

During a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, defense attorneys were granted a delay in the state death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with murder in the shooting deaths last year of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

The Judge granted a continuance based on a doctor’s evaluation that said six more months of evaluation of Roof were needed. There were some conditions set by the Judge during the hearing. The case must go to trial by January and the Judge must be provided with a monthly report from the doctor evaluating Roof.

Roof wasn’t in court Wednesday.

A new trial date was set for January 17, 2017.

Roof faces numerous charges in federal court, but no date for that trial has been set.

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