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State prosecutor seeking independent mental evaluation for Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof  (Source: Live 5) Dylann Roof (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The state prosecutor is seeking an independent mental evaluation for Dylann Roof. 

According to the motion filed on Wednesday, prosecutors say they want to rebut or confirm evidence of a mental condition which Roof's defense intends to offer. 

Last week a judge agreed to delay the state death-penalty trial for Roof until January, 2017 after his defense requested more time to prepare. 

The lawyers for Roof asked for additional time, saying Roof's defense cannot be prepared in time for trial as it is currently scheduled.

"Accordingly, the State is entitled to secure an independent mental evaluation in order to confirm or rebut the conclusions of the defense's experts," prosecutors stated in Wednesday's motion. 

Roof's defense lawyers had told a judge the doctor hired to examine Roof needs two to six months to complete the psychiatric exam.

The attorney for some of the victims' family members and survivors said they expected the delay.

Roof is accused of killing nine people inside Mother Emanuel church last June.

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