Judge Sets Trial for Suspect in Charleston Church Shooting

The man accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston last month will stand trial next July, a judge ruled Thursday. During a 25-minute hearing in Charleston, Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a July 11, 2016, trial date for Dylann Roof. Public defender Ashley Pennington said he would not seek any bond for Roof, who sat quietly during the proceedings wearing a gray-striped prison jumpsuit. Federal authorities have not said whether they will pursue hate crime charges against Roof, although Justice Department officials have said they broadly agree the shootings meet the legal requirements for a hate crime.



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