Dylann Roof friend asks for trial delay to review evidence

Joey Meek in June

A friend of Dylann Roof’s who was indicted on federal charges in the Emanuel AME Church shooting has waived his right to a speedy trial and asked a judge to delay his case.

Jury selection for Joey Meek, 21, who is charged with failing to report Roof’s plot and lying to authorities after the June 17 attack, had been scheduled for March 1 in downtown Charleston. But a motion filed Tuesday by his attorney, Deborah Barbier of Columbia, said the defense team was still analyzing evidence in the case and needs more time to prepare for the proceeding.

Meek signed paperwork agreeing with the request.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel did not immediately rule on the motion for a continuance.

Meek could face up to eight years in prison if convicted of misprision of a felony and lying to FBI agents.

He knew of Roof’s plans of mass violence in Charleston but never told the police, the FBI has said.

Roof, who is white, showed up at the Calhoun Street church and fatally shot nine black people attending a Bible study. Authorities have called it a hate crime. His trial in federal court has not been scheduled, but a death penalty proceeding in state court is set for July.

Attorneys for both men are next expected to discuss the status of the federal cases during a Feb. 11 hearing in Charleston.

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