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Dylan Roof Competent To Stand Trial

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A federal judge ruled the man accused of shooting and killing nine people at a South Carolina church will stand trial.

After a two day hearing, a judge found Dylan Roof is competent, but will not say why because it could lead to unfair trial.

The 22-year-old, who is white, is accused of opening fire during a bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015.

All of Roof's victims were black.

Police say his motive was to provoke a race war.

He's now facing 33 federal charges and could be sentenced to death if convicted.