Dylann Storm Roof appears by closed-circuit televison at his bond hearing in Charleston, S.C. on June 19, 2015
June 25, 2015

Federal public defenders have been appointed to represent Dylann Roof in connection with the shooting deaths last week at an African-American church in South Carolina — an indication that federal charges could be filed in addition to nine state murder counts.

A U.S. magistrate’s judge in Charleston named two members of the public defender’s office to represent Roof this week, citing a separate investigation the Justice Department opened after the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Roof, 21, hasn’t yet been charged with a federal crime, but U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said federal authorities are investigating the shootings as a possible hate crime.

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