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(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Accused Charleston, South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof appeared in court Thursday, and had the date for his trial set.

The 21-year-old is charged with murdering nine people inside a historic black church in South Carolina last month and now prosecutors are saying they may seek the death penalty.

Roof was silent and motionless throughout the 23-minute hearing Thursday morning.

He was shackled and wearing a gray, striped state-issued jumpsuit during the hearing, just as he had during his first court appearance on June 19.

Unlike that first hearing, none of the victim’s relatives spoke in court.

Instead, Roof’s public defender and the state prosecutor focused on the logistics of the case and what possible evidence will be shared during the trial.

The judge announced he will give anyone one week to file a motion if they have an objection to graphic photos of the victims and 911 calls being used in the trial.

The trial date is set for July 11, 2016, and Roof’s defense attorney says his client has his GED and is competent to stand trial.

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