>> A federal judge Friday ruled that Dylan Roof, the white supremacist accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church last year, is mentally competent to stand trial. Earlier this month defense attorneys had raised concerns for the first time about whether Roof was able to understand the nature of the proceedings against him, and to assist in his defense.
On Friday a US District judge said he had carefully considered the testimony of a renowned psychiatrist who evaluated the 22 year old, as well as arguments from lawyers. The judge kept under seal his detailed findings about Roof's competency, saying that making them public would jeopardize the defendant's right to a fair trial.
Roof faces 33 counts of hate crimes, obstruction of religion, and firearms charges in the massacre at Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015. Jury selection now will resume on Monday.