Dylann Roof charged with hate crimes

Dylann Storm Roof
FILE -In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. A jail clerk made a mistake when entering information about a drug arrest for church shooting suspect Roof, the first in a series of missteps that allowed Roof to purchase a gun he shouldn't have been able to buy two months before the attack, authorities said. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The man accused of slaying nine black church members in Charleston is now facing federal charges.

A grand jury has indicted 21-year-old Dylann Roof on 12 hate crime charges.

The indictment includes allegations of obstructing someone’s religious practice, a charge that can carry the death penalty in the federal system.

Roof also faces state charges, including nine murder counts.

Prosecutors haven’t said whether they’ll seek the death penalty.

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