Roof Competency Hearing Resumes Tuesday

The hearing’s also expected to include extensive statements made by Roof that might not be allowed at his death penalty trial.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO-TV) — No decision was issued in Monday’s competency hearing for the Eastover man charged in the shooting deaths of nine worshipers at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

A release from the U.S. District Court states the hearing will continue Tuesday.

A psychologist was scheduled to give details on whether Dylann Roof is competent enough to stand trial for the June 2015 shooting. The hearing’s also expected to include extensive statements made by Roof that might not be allowed at his death penalty trial.

The hearing is being kept private despite First Amendment objections from members of the media and pleas from family members of the slain

In a November 16th order, Judge Richard Gergel said Roof’s Sixth Amendment rights to a fair trial require the hearing to be closed.

Gergel says he’ll rule on whether the trial can continue later this week.

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