A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld Dylann Roof’s conviction and death sentence for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation, saying the legal record cannot even capture the “full horror” of what he did.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected arguments that the young white man should have been ruled incompetent to stand trial in the shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Roof’s lawyers said his convictions and death sentence should be vacated or his case should be sent back to court for a “proper competency evaluation.” More: Associated Press, The Post and Courier, WCSC TV, The Washington Post 

In other headlines:

S.C. prosecutor recuses himself from Murdaugh case, hinting at potential suspect. Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone has stepped aside from the investigation into the June killings of two members of the prominent Murdaugh family, citing new developments and potential conflicts. More: The Post and Courier, FITSNews, Hilton Head Island Packet

New nonprofit aims to bolster community, police relations in Charleston. The goal of the new Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support Foundation is to bridge the gap between the community and police. More: WCSC TV

North Charleston Black-owned businesses seek greater support amid city growth. Black-owned businesses are popping up in a city transforming as new development, rising land costs and rents threaten to displace the city’s African American population. More: The Post and Courier 

Berkeley Co. schools address student quarantine concerns amid hundreds of positive tests. Berkeley County Superintendent Deon Jackson said the district will release a more thorough plan for quarantine learning protocols next week. More: WCSC TV

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