Hun­dreds of jurors re­port to court in church mas­sacre trial

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dy­lann Roof, the man charged with mas­sacring nine black parish­ioners at a Charleston church, mostly avoided eye con­tact Mon­day with the po­ten­tial jurors who could give him a death sen­tence if they con­vict him of fed­eral charges.

About 320 po­ten­tial jurors re­ported to the court­house in the city’s his­toric dis­trict on the first day of jury screen­ing for Roof’s trial on charges of hate crimes re­sult­ing in death, ob­struc­tion of re­li­gion and other of­fenses in the June 2015 at­tack at Emanuel AME Church.

He faces 33 fed­eral counts al­to­gether.

About 3,000 po­ten­tial jurors were sum­moned — a pool that’s about 73 per­cent white and 23 per­cent black. The South Carolina pop­u­la­tion as a whole is 69 per­cent white and 28 per­cent black.

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