Dylann Roof will represent himself at his upcoming federal hate crime trial, according to multiple reports.
Roof was deemed competent to stand trial by a federal judge on Friday after a series of psychological examinations; however, the judge sealed the document that relayed the reasoning for finding Roof competent.
Since he will represent himself at trial, Roof will question jurors Monday. Jury selection was supposed to begin November 7, but the process of deeming Roof mentally competent slowed the wheels of justice.
The New York Times reported that the justice department is seeking the death penalty for Roof. His lawyers hoped to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, but the prosecution was not willing to grant leniency in what most believe will be an open-and-shut case. CNN reported that the 22 year old faces 33 federal charges, including 12 counts directly associated with hate crimes.
Roof is suspected of opening fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015 and killing nine African-Americans attending a Bible study. An investigation quickly revealed a racist manifesto that Roof posted on the internet, as well as photos of him wearing the Confederate flag and the flag of apartheid-era South Africa.
Roof’s trial is scheduled to begin in January at the federal court in South Carolina.