A federal judge ruled Friday that Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine black parishioners at a Charleston, S.C., church, is competent to stand trial.
As reported by the New York Times, the ruling means that individual questioning of prospective jurors will begin Monday. The process was originally scheduled to start on Nov. 7, but was delayed when Roof’s defense lawyers raised questions about his mental health.
Roof allegedly joined nine black parishioners in the church’s fellowship hall in June 2015, and after an hour of study and prayer, removed a handgun from a fanny pack and opened fire.
The Justice Department is seeking the death penalty against Roof. He has offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, but prosecutors refused to accept the deal.