Judge delays Dylann Roof competency hearing for a day

This photo provided by Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people Wednesday, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This photo provided by Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people Wednesday, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A federal judge has delayed a hearing to determine whether Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial in the deaths of nine people at a Charleston church.

U.S. Judge Richard Gergel issued a ruling Monday saying the psychologist examining Roof won’t finish a report until Tuesday. So Gergel delayed the competency hearing by a day to Thursday.

It is still unclear whether the hearing will be open to the public. Roof’s lawyers say it must be closed to protect his right to a fair trial. Prosecutors in the death penalty case and several news organizations want the hearing to remain open.

Roof’s lawyers also filed a request Monday to be allowed to file briefs after the hearing, which if granted could further delay jury selection, set to start next Monday.

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