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Judge orders competency exam, delays church shooting trial

  • 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)

  • Members of the defense team arrive at 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 members 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)

    Members of the defense team arrive at 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 members 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)

A judge is delaying jury selection for two weeks in the death penalty trial of a white man charged with killing nine black people at a Charleston church so his mental competency can be tested.

Federal Judge Richard Gergel issued an order Tuesday saying Dylann Roof is already undergoing the exam. Gergel asked for the results in a week so he can rule before jury selection is scheduled to begin again Nov. 21.

Gergel's order indicates he decided to order the exam after a defense motion Monday that the judge heard behind closed doors without prosecutors present. Details about the motion have not been released. Jury selection had been scheduled to start Wednesday.

Authorities say Roof killed the nine churchgoers in July 2015 because he hated black people.