CHARLESTON, SC. (WCBD) — The federal death penalty trial begins Monday for admitted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.
Roof admitted to opening fire during a bible study at Mother Emanuel in June 2015 where nine people died including state senator reverend Clementa Pinckney.
Jury selection began in the case in October. 747 potential jurors filled out questionnaires and 512 people remain in the pool.
Federal Judge Richard Gergel has requested a closed hearing only involving the Defendant (Dylann Roof) and the defense counsel beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday. Judge Gergel says this is necessary for the court to proceed with the hearing. See full statement below.