On the day after Thanksgiving, it was determined by a judge that mass murderer Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial.

The trial for Dylann Roof began earlier this month but was temporarily put on hold so that Roof could undergo psychological testing to determine if he was competent to stand trial. This morning, a judge ruled that the mass murderer was of sound mind.

Since the shooting in mid-2015, investigators have uncovered a massive plot by Roof to target particular, elderly members of a specific black church. Evidence shows that Roof took a white supremacist tour of nearby former slave plantations, taking photos near landmarks and reveling in the misery of the previous generations.

At the conclusion of his sick tour, Roof entered a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was welcomed into the church and sat through part of the ceremony before he opened fire, killing 9.

Roof and his attorneys have agreed to plead guilty if prosecutors drop the death penalty, but it is unclear if they are considering that offer.

The families of those killed by Roof offer mixed feelings about the possible death sentence being handed down. The community has come together to support survivors of the victims, preparing meals and offering emotional support for the duration of the trial.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com