Accused Charleston church shooter to defend himself at trial

Dylann Roof on June 18, 2015. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Dylann Roof on June 18, 2015. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge in South Carolina says the man who's accused of killing 9 black parishioners at a Charleston church can act as his own attorney in his federal trial.

Dylann Roof is charged with counts including hate crimes and obstruction of religion in connection with the June 17, 2015, attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

Jury selection is resuming today. It was halted after Roof's lawyers questioned his ability to understand the case against him.

 A judge in South Carolina says the man who's accused of killing 9 black parishioners at a Charleston church can act as his own attorney in his federal trial. 

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