Charleston Church Shooting suspect pleads not guilty to federal hate crime charges

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – On Friday, Charleston Church Shooting suspect, Dylann Roof, pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges.

The prosecution, particularly on hate crimes, had been expected since the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.

Roof appeared in photos waving Confederate flags and burning 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.

Roof’s attorney is waiting to see if the government will seek the death penalty before making a plea deal.

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