State trial delayed in Emanuel AME shooting, further evaluation of Roof needed

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This photo provided by Charleston County Sheriff’s Office shows Dylann Roof, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people Wednesday, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. (Charleston County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

During an emergency hearing on Wednesday, April 13, defense attorneys were granted a delay in the state death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with murder in the shooting deaths last year of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

The Judge granted a continuance based on a doctor’s evaluation that said six more months of evaluation of Roof were needed. There were some conditions set by the Judge during the emergency hearing. The case must go to trial by January and the Judge must be provided with a monthly report from the doctor evaluating Roof.

Roof waived his appearance in the emergency hearing on Wednesday.

A new trial date was set for January 17, 2017.

Roof faces numerous charges in federal court, but no date for that trial has been set.

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