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(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Alleged Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof appeared in court Friday to face federal hate crime charges.

Roof’s new attorneys told a federal judge that Roof is prepared to plead guilty to 33 federal hate crimes stemming from last month’s massacre at Emanuel AME Church that killed nine people.

But, the defense attorneys said, he wouldn’t do that until prosecutors decide whether to seek the death penalty. In the meantime, a not guilty plea was entered on Roof’s behalf.

Roof appeared in a striped jumpsuit, shackled, betraying no emotion.

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