Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old detained in the aftermath of the shooting dead of nine church members, has been formally indicted with murder charges.
The Post and Courier newspaper said the young man had also been indicted with three counts of attempted murder in relation to three people who had survived the June 17 incident.
In the aftermath of the attack on the historic black church, a racist online manifesto - apparently penned by Mr Roof - was found online. It contained a racist screed and was accompanied by 60 photographs of Mr Roof, a number of them showing him posing with the Confederate flag and at Confederate Civil War sites.
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