RELIGION

Jury selection in church shootings enters new phase

  • FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof.  Jury selection resumes Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in the federal death penalty trial of Roof, the white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners during a Bible study at a Charleston, South Carolina church last year. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. Jury selection resumes Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in the federal death penalty trial of Roof, the white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners during a Bible study at a Charleston, South Carolina church last year. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof.  Jury selection resumes Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in the federal death penalty trial of Roof, the white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners during a Bible study at a Charleston, South Carolina church last year. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. Jury selection resumes Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in the federal death penalty trial of Roof, the white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners during a Bible study at a Charleston, South Carolina church last year. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Officers with the Department of Homeland Security patrol outside the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Jury selection has been postponed in the federal case of Dylann Roof on trial for fatally shooting nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church last year. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said Monday he had a request from Roof's lawyers that demanded the judge's immediate attention and said jury selection will resume Wednesday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Officers with the Department of Homeland Security patrol outside the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Jury selection has been postponed in the federal case of Dylann Roof on trial for fatally shooting nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church last year. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said Monday he had a request from Roof's lawyers that demanded the judge's immediate attention and said jury selection will resume Wednesday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

Jury selection is resuming in the federal case a white man on trial for fatally shooting nine black parishioners during a Bible study at a Charleston church last year.

Twenty-two-year-old Dylann Roof is charged with hate crimes, obstruction of religion and other counts in the shootings at Emanuel AME Church. It's the first of two death penalty trials Roof faces stemming from the shootings.

Beginning Monday, 516 potential jurors will report back to the courthouse to be individually questioned by the judge. When 70 qualified jurors are picked, attorneys will be able to use strikes to dismiss those they don't want.

Twelve jurors and six alternates will eventually be seated. The process could take several weeks. Court officials say opening statements may not begin until after Thanksgiving.