Federal judge agrees to trial delay for Dylann Roof friend Joey Meek

Joey Meek in June

A judge on Wednesday agreed to postpone the trial date for Joey Meek, the friend of Dylann Roof’s accused of not warning authorities of the June attack on Emanuel AME Church.

An attorney had asked earlier in the week for the postponement of Meek’s March 1 jury selection because the defense team needed more time to review evidence received from prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel’s order Wednesday approved the request and delayed the proceeding until the May trial term. The move was necessary to “afford the defendant and his counsel adequate time for effective preparation,” Gergel wrote.

Meek, 21, of Lexington County faces up to eight years in prison on two federal charges of misprision of a felony and lying to authorities about what he knew of Roof’s scheme.

Roof, also 21, fatally shot nine black parishioners on June 17 in what officials have dubbed a hate crime. His federal trial has not been set, though he’s scheduled to be tried in July in state court, where he faces the death penalty.

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