Judge rules Charleston shooting suspect able to stand trial
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A federal judge ruled Friday that the man accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston, S.C., is competent to stand trial.  


Roof’s defense attorneys had requested a competency evaluation earlier this month.

“After carefully considering the record before the Court, the relevant legal standards, and the arguments of counsel, the Court now finds and concludes that the Defendant is competent to stand trial,” Judge Richard Gergel wrote, according to the Wall Street Journal.  

The judge said that a state-appointed psychiatrist evaluated Roof, 22, and testified during a competency hearing along with four other witnesses. Three sworn affidavits were also provided during the hearing. 

The judge said Friday that he is keeping the details of the hearing secret and will not release transcripts.  

Roof is accused of opening fire at a black church in Charleston in June 2015 in what is said to be a racially motivated attack.  

He is facing state and federal charges and a possible death penalty sentence.