Jury selection begins for Dylann Roof trial

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof appears via video before a judge, in Charleston, S.C., Friday, June 19, 2015. Roof is accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. (Centralized Bond Hearing Court via AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WJBF) – Jury selection begins Monday for the man accused of killing nine people last year, at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.

22-year-old Dylann Roof is charged with dozens of federal offenses, including hate-crime charges.

Prosecutors say he targeted his victims based on their race and religion.

Roof is facing the death penalty.

His trial is expected to begin after Thanksgiving.

Roof’s trial will be set in two phases, wherein the first phase will decide if he’s guilty or innocent.

If he’s convicted, the second phase will determine if he will be sentenced to the death penalty or life in prison.

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