Judge sends sealed files in Dylann Roof case to state court

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The judge overseeing the upcoming state trial of convicted church shooter Dylann Roof in South Carolina is getting a glimpse at sealed federal court records dealing with his mental competency.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Tuesday ordered transcripts from Roof’s competency hearings, psychological evaluation records and records from defense experts be sent to Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson.

Roof was sentenced to death earlier this month for the June 2015 slayings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. He also faces a possible death sentence in state court, but that trial has been delayed indefinitely.

Gergel twice found Roof competent to stand trial in the federal case during closed-door hearings, over objections from media outlets including The Associated Press. Roof had lawyers during the guilt phase of his trial but represented himself at sentencing.

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