Dylann Roof is seen in this June 18, 2015 handout booking photo provided by Charleston County Sheriff's Office. REUTERS/Charleston County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters
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Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old accused of gunning down nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, is set to go trial Monday over a crime that so horrified the country he faces two death penalty prosecutions.A separate state trial, which could also result in a death sentence, is expected to begin in January.Roof is the first suspect who will be considered for potential death sentences at both the state and federal levels, Robert Dunham, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said.Roof's lawyers have said the suspected murderer was willing to plead guilty in exchange for being spared from the death penalty.Both trials come during a year riddled with high-profile police shootings of African-Americans that have roiled racial tensions across the country.
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