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Jury selection resumes Monday in Charleston church shooting trial

Updated: Nov. 28, 2016 at 5:54 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WIS) - Jury selection is resuming anew in the federal case of a white man on trial for fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston church last year.

Twenty-two-year-old Dylann Roof is charged with counts including hate crimes and obstruction of religion in the Emanuel AME Church shootings. It's the first of two death penalty trials he faces.

Roof is charged with killing nine people at Emanuel AME church in Charleston in June 2015. Once the federal trial is over, Roof faces charges in state court.

RELATED: See photos of the Emanuel AME Nine.

The selection process was halted Nov. 7 after Roof's lawyers questioned his ability to understand the case against him. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel's ruling last week cleared the way for Monday's process to begin anew.

Former U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says even though Roof was determined mentally competent to stand trial, it doesn't prevent his defense attorneys from arguing he wasn't mentally competent at the time of the shooting.

Beginning Monday, 516 potential jurors will report to the courthouse to be individually questioned by the judge. When 70 qualified jurors are picked, attorneys can use strikes to dismiss those they don't want.

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