A white man accused of killing nine black people at a South Carolina church will be allowed to represent himself at trial. US District Judge Richard Gergel said that the 22-year-old Dylann Roof's wish to be his own lawyer was "unwise", but nevertheless granted his request. Last week Mr Roof was deemed competent to stand trial in the shooting of nine Charleston parishioners in June 2015. Mr Roof faces 33 federal charges, including a hate crime count. He has already been found competent in a state court, where he faces nine counts of murder, and prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty.