Trial date set for friend of admitted Charleston church shooter

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file frame from video, Joey Meek, friend of Dylann Roof who is accused of killing nine black church members during Bible study on June 17 in Charleston , S.C., speaks to The Associated Press. Bond was reduced Thursday, Oct. 22 for Meek, accused of failing to tell authorities all he knew about the suspect in the massacre. (APTN via AP, File)

The trial for Joey Meek, the friend Dylann Roof, the admitted Charleston church shooter, has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 27. Meek will face Judge Richard M. Gergel during his jury trial which officials estimate could run until July 8.

Prosecutors allege Meek, 21, of Lexington, did not tell investigators everything he knew about Roof’s plans in the church shootings.

Meek is accused of withholding information about Roof’s violent plans in the June 17 shooting that took the lives of 9 black parishioners at Emanuel AME in downtown Charleston.

Meek hung out with Roof off and on in the weeks before the June 17 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal. A day after the shooting, Meek told The Associated Press that Roof had drunkenly complained to him that “blacks were taking over the world” and “someone needed to do something about it for the white race.”

Authorities say Meek knew more, writing in the indictment that he knowingly lied to an FBI agent when he said “that he did not know specifics of Dylann Roof’s plan to shoot individuals on a Wednesday, during Bible Study, at an AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.”

In a Federal hearing on Tuesday, April 5, Meek’s attorneys, as well as federal prosecutors, told the judge they would be ready to go to trial as early as June and that it would last about two weeks. Judge Gergel did not set a trial date at Tuesday’s hearing.

If convicted, Meek faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for lying to investigators. The maximum penalty for concealing information is three years.

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