A federal judge Friday ruled Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is mentally competent to stand trial.
According to the Post and Courier with that ruling jury selection is expected to resume Monday. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel’s order followed a closed-door competency hearing, while attorneys reviewed a new psychiatric evaluation of Roof.
Gergel did not allow the public in the competency hearing despite requests last week from some of the nine shooting victims’ families, survivors and the media.
The 22 year-old Roof is accused of shooting and killing nine worshipers during a Bible study at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. Authorities believe he chose his victims because they were black.
The order that Roof is competent to stand trial doesn’t disclose any details about questions over his mental state, and the findings remain sealed.
Roof is facing 33 federal charges. He has offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence, but federal authorities are seeking the death penalty.