Judge sets trial for suspect in Charleston church shooting

The man accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston last month will stand trial next July, a judge ruled Thursday.

During a 25-minute hearing in Charleston, Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a July 11, 2016, trial date for Dylann Roof.

Public defender Ashley Pennington said he would not seek any bond for Roof, who sat quietly during the proceedings, clad in a gray-striped prison jumpsuit.

Nicholson said he would have denied a request anyway, calling Roof a flight risk, noting he was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina, on July 18, the day after nine black parishioners were shot to death during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Roof, 21, has not entered a plea. He faces multiple charges, including nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.