Jury to be seated in accused South Carolina church shooter's federal trial

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By Harriet McLeod
| CHARLESTON, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. A jury is expected to be seated on Wednesday in the federal death penalty case against avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who is accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church last year.

Lawyers are scheduled to select 12 jurors and six alternates from the 67 people remaining in the jury pool. Both sides may then present opening statements in the trial at a U.S. courthouse in Charleston.

Roof, who also is scheduled to be tried for murder by state prosecutors, faces 33 federal counts of hate crimes, obstruction of religion and firearms violations stemming from the June 2015 church massacre, which horrified Americans of all races and intensified the debate about race relations in the country.

Roof, 22, is accused of planning the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist…

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