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FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Dylann Roof appears, at a bond hearing court in North Charleston, S.C. A proposal up for debate next year seeks to close the loophole that allowed accused murderer Dylann Roof to buy the gun used to kill nine black parishioners in Charleston last June. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool, File)

Dylann Roof is representing himself in his murder case


Jury selection for Dylann Roof's murder trial is set to begin Monday, after weeks of delays and a judge's ruling that Roof is competent to stand trial.

Roof is accused of shooting and killing nine people in a historically African-American church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015. He was indicted on 33 counts including hate crimes. He faces the death penalty, despite some victims' family members preferring that he live.

Jury selection was most recently scheduled for November 7.

As of about 9:30 a.m. Eastern, Roof was representing himself.

"Standby counsel" will be available.

Jury selection is not expected to go quickly.

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The sharp racial divide

Opinions over Roof's fate are sharply divided. Last spring, the University of South Carolina found 64 percent of white South Carolinians wanted Roof to face the death penalty. Just 31 percent of black residents agreed.

Gov. Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for the ambassador to the United Nations, said she wanted Roof to face the death penalty within hours of his arrest last year. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced her plan to seek the death penalty in May.

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