Dylann Roof to be arraigned Monday on federal charges, including hate crimes


By: Eric Tucker and Meg Kinnard/Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspected South Carolina church shooter now facing dozens of new charges, including hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion, is due in federal court next week.

Court records show 21-year-old Dylann Roof is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Charleston.

The prosecution, particularly on hate crimes, has been expected since the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston.

Roof is white and appeared in photos waving Confederate flags and burning or desecrating U.S. flags. Federal authorities have confirmed his use of a personal manuscript in which he decried integration and used racial slurs to refer to blacks.

Roof faces 33 federal charges and is charged with numerous state crimes. Prosecutors haven’t said if they’ll seek the death penalty.

Kinnard reported from Columbia, South Carolina.