A hearing date has been set for next month to lay out jury selection details for the federal trial of Dylann Roof, the white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a Charleston church a little over a year ago.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Thursday set a July 18 hearing in the federal case against the 22-year-old Roof, who is accused of opening fire during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.
According to the Associated Press, there is disagreement between attorneys about some juror selection details, like where should jurors should come from around the state or only the Charleston or Beaufort area. Roof’s 33 federal charges include hate crimes in the shooting deaths. He could face the death penalty, if convicted.
Roof’s federal trial is set for November. The state case is scheduled in January, although state prosecutors led by Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson want their case to be tried first.
The July hearing will also focus on Roof’s mental health. His defense attorneys have indicated in court filings they plan to make several requests on how Roof’s mental evaluations can be used during his trial. Judge Gergel had initially planned a July trial date, but postponed it nearly four months at the request of experts who wanted more time to evaluate Roof.