Judge Says Dylann Roof Is Competent To Stand Trial
A judge has thrown out any possibility that Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof could get off with an insanity plea.
Today, November 25, Judge Gergel ruled that Roof is competent to stand trial for gunning down 9 black people in a horrific hate crime.
Dylann Roof, the white man accused of killing nine African-Americans in a Charleston church has been declared competent to stand trial.
Judge Gergel made the declaration around 9:30 a.m. Friday. The jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.
Roof, 22, has been federally indicted on 33 counts related to nine murders in the June 2015 killings, some of those charges drawing on hate crime laws. Authorities say he walked into a Wednesday night Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and opened fire.
South Carolina lawmakers answered by ridding its statehouse grounds of the Confederate flag.
Prosecutors are now trying to narrow down the jury pool that started at 3,000 and now stands at 512. 12 jurors will determine Roof’s fate in his death penalty trial.
Here’s to hoping they get this right…