More potential church shooting jurors qualified

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Ten more potential jurors have been qualified in the trial of a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church.

The process started Monday in the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who faces dozens of charges related to the June 2015 attack at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Juror qualification initially began Nov. 7 but was halted after Roof’s lawyers requested a competency hearing, which was closed to media and the press. The judge deemed Roof was competent, and qualification began anew Monday.

Many of those questioned say they’re aware of the hearing but said that knowledge wouldn’t sway them as jurors.

Once 70 potential jurors have been qualified, that pool will be whittled down to 12 jurors and six alternates.

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