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First of hundreds of jurors report in Charleston 2015 shooting trial

6 years 1 week 3 days ago Monday, September 26 2016 Sep 26, 2016 September 26, 2016 8:41 AM September 26, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: AP News

CHARLESTON - Hundreds of potential jurors report to the federal courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, in the coming days as the jury selection begins in the trial of a white man charged in deaths of nine black church parishioners.

Dylann Roof faces hate crimes and other federal counts in the June 2015 shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church. The first jurors report Monday for initial screening.

Three thousand jurors have received summonses - a group that will be whittled to a pool of 700 jurors who return to the courthouse in November to be questioned individually by the judge.

Testimony isn't expected to begin until after Thanksgiving. While federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, Roof's attorneys have said he's willing to plead guilty and serve life if the death penalty is taken off the table.

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