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Jury picked in Dylann Roof-church slayings trial

6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago December 07, 2016 Dec 7, 2016 Wednesday, December 07 2016 December 07, 2016 10:35 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

CHARLESTON - The 12 jurors who will hear the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof have been picked and will decide whether the white man killed nine black people in racially motivated attack at a Charleston church.

Jury selection took about 20 minutes Wednesday. According to a reporter who observed the process, it appears that the panel is racially mixed. Police say Roof shot nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015. Authorities say the 22-year-old man wanted to start a race war.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel only allowed one pool reporter to watch the jury selection, and she said she couldn't immediately determine the racial makeup of the panel.

Court officials also didn't release the races of the jurors.

Roof faces hate crime and obstruction of religion charges. If jurors find him guilty, they will decide if he should be put to death.

Opening statements are expected Wednesday morning.

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