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Accused SC Church Shooter Competent to Stand Trial: Judge

Jury selection is set to begin Nov. 28

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    Accused SC Church Shooter Competent to Stand Trial: Judge
    This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof, the man charged in the massacre of nine parishioners at a Charleston church.

    A judge has ruled that Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial for the killing of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church.

    Judge Richard Gergel made the ruling Friday after a two-day hearing behind closed doors earlier this week. The hearing was needed after Roof's attorneys questioned earlier this month whether he could help them on the eve of jury selection in his death penalty trial.

    Gergel says jury selection will begin Monday.

    Gergel sealed his reasons for finding Roof competent, saying that information could keep him from having a fair trial.

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    Facing life in prison and unable to kill himself, Denver Simmons came up with a plan to get on death row. In a chilling interview, he tells how he and another convicted murderer lured four prisoners into a cell and killed them.

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    The 22-year-old white man is charged in federal court with hate crime, obstruction of religion and other counts for the deadly June 2015 attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.