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November Trial for Man Charged in Church Attack

Setting a date for Roof's federal trial had been delayed a number of times since previous year as the Justice Department weighed whether to seek the death penalty.

A US judge on Tuesday set a November 7 date for the federal trial of the white man accused of killing nine black parishioners in a racially motivated attack at a church in Charleston a year ago.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel set the federal proceedings, in which prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, ahead of a state capital punishment trial scheduled for January. Ultimately, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement she chose to seek a death sentence because "the nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision". He attended the hearing on Tuesday. "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision", Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

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Defense attorneys and federal prosecutors said they felt they had enough time to prepare their case. Gergel said more than 1,000 summons could possibly be issued to potential jurors throughout the state. In that trial, jury selection is scheduled for December 6. The federal government hasn't put anyone to death since 2003. The site, which included photos of Roof holding a.45-caliber Glock pistol and a Confederate flag, was last modified just hours before the shooting attack.

Roof was originally to go on trial in state court this July. Prosecutors in that case have not said if they will pursue the death penalty. A judge previously scheduled the state trial for this month, The Post and Courier reported, but the date was pushed into 2017 in light of federal charges against Roof.

She said after Tuesday's hearing the most important concern justice for the victims' families.

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