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Dylan Roof, who is accused of murdering nine black churchgoers last month in Charleston, South Carolina, has pleaded not guilty on more than 33 federal charges.

Dylann Roof, 21, wanted to plead guilty on all counts according to his lawyer.Dylann Roof in court

However, his lawyers entered a not guilty plea because the government has not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Judge Bristow Marchant entered the not-guilty plea on all counts.

Dylann Roof, who is white, appeared in the courtroom shackled. He was silent except for a few “yes” responses to the judge’s inquiries.

The family members of victims of the June 17 attack also spoke briefly.