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Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Appears in Court

by Erik Ortiz /  / Updated 

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The confessed gunman in the massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, appeared in court Thursday morning and waived his right to any bond.

Prosecutors presented their indictment against Dylann Roof, 21, who faces nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of weapons possession in the June 17 rampage at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Roof, who is being held without bond, entered the Charleston courtroom shackled and wearing a stripped grey prison jumpsuit. It was his first court appearance since an initial bond hearing following his arrest.

Circuit Court Judge J.C. Nicholson asked about Roof's competency evaluation. One of this two public defenders responded that he has an "online GED, he can read, he writes, he understands. I don’t see any issue with competency at this time."

A trial date was tentatively set for July 11, 2016.

During the hearing, Nicholson also extended his restrictions through next Wednesday on whether documents in the case can be made public.

Last week, the judge told police agencies not to fulfill media requests made under the state Freedom of Information Act for 911 calls, coroner reports and witness statements, according to The Associated Press, which is among the news agencies challenging the order.

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Nicholson questioned whether the release of the documents could hinder Roof's right to a fair trial.

On Thursday, he said he wants to give the families of the victims more time to respond to the gag order on authorities.

The horrific church massacre is being investigated as a hate crime. Police say Roof espoused racist ideology.

Scarlett Wilson, the Ninth Circuit solicitor, told the judge Thursday that "this case has potential to be a capitol case."

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