The government plans to execute a former Black soldier. It would be the first military execution since 1961.
Dylann Roof will defend himself in court and could cross-examine survivors and family members of the Emanuel 9.
While Trump has praised him for his accomplishments on jobs, tax cuts, infrastructure, and school funding, he has been targeted by Black activists for his record on voting rights protections, education for students of color, and his position on the death penalty.
Roof attended Tuesday's hearing sitting "impassively" in front of the victims' families, journalists and spectators, the Times reports. He faces 33 counts, including hate crimes.
Out of the 33 federal charges against Roof, the accusation that he violated the prayer group's right to freely practice religion will weigh heavy when considering the death penalty.
Oklahoma has executed 112 inmates since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
A Texas death row inmate has battled to get an appeal of his sentence over an expert witness who said Black people are dangerous. His problem is that his own lawyer retained the expert.
Dylann Roof has been charged with 33 federal hate crime and firearms charges for the shooting. The case is expected to go to trial July 11.
The Supreme Court has unveiled more troubling events behind the decision to keep African-American jurors off a 1987 case against a Black man who was…