Defendant in Charleston church shootings ordered to provide handwriting samples

A white man charged with killing nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church has been ordered to provide handwriting samples to investigators.

In an order filed late Friday, Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson ordered 21-year-old Dylann Roof to provide the samples.

The order notes that following his arrest after the June 17 shootings, investigators collected what are thought to be notes and lists written in Roof's hand. The order says a handwriting sample is needed to determine if Roof wrote the documents.

Roof faces nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder stemming from the shootings during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

During a hearing last week, the judge set a trial date for next July.