Accused Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges
07/31/2015 AT 12:35 PM EDT
Wearing a gray striped prison jumpsuit, Roof appeared in the courtroom with his hands shackled.
According to The Associated Press, Roof's attorney initially told the judge that his client actually wanted to plead guilty to all counts but could not. According to the lawyer, he could not advise his client because the government hadn't yet decided whether to seek the death penalty.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow Merchant then entered a not guilty plea on all counts.
Roof is accused of killing nine people in a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 18. He has been charged with 33 federal counts, including several hate crimes.
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