Jurors report for state Charleston church trial in January

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in July 2015.
Roof is charged with 33 federal offenses, including hate crime charges for allegedly targeting his victims on the basis of their race and religion.

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in July 2015. Roof is charged with 33 federal offenses, including hate crime charges for allegedly targeting his victims on the basis of their race and religion.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge is ordering 600 prospective jurors to report in January for the state murder trial of the man accused in the Charleston church shootings.

Twenty-two-year-old Dylann Roof faces death penalty trials in both state and federal court in the June, 2015, slayings of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.

In a Monday order, Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson says the first of the jurors should report to the Charleston County Courthouse Jan. 17. His order says the trial will begin on or after Jan. 30.

Meanwhile, Roof’s federal trial on hate crimes and other charges is set for November.

Three thousand potential jurors are being summoned in that case. They begin reporting later this month to fill out questionnaires about what that they know about the shootings.