Dylann Storm Roof appears by closed-circuit televison at his bond hearing in Charleston, S.C. on June 19, 2015
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June 24, 2015 10:24 PM EDT

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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