Trial for Dylann Roof friend Joey Meek set for June 27 in Charleston

Joey Meek

The trial for Joey Meek, the man accused of knowing about Dylann Roof’s planned attack on Emanuel AME Church and doing nothing about it, has been scheduled for 9 a.m. June 27.

Meek, 21, faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of misprision of a felony and lying to federal authorities.

Roof had been staying at Meek’s Lexington County home in the weeks leading up to the June 17 shooting that killed nine black parishioners. Meek and his family members have said that Roof spoke of carrying out mass violence in Charleston and starting a race war. Meek hid Roof’s .45-caliber Glock pistol, then gave it back once Roof sobered up, they said.

But the FBI said he knew more specifics of Roof’s scheme and failed to alert police. And after the nine were slain, he lied to FBI agents about what he knew, the indictments stated.

His trial in U.S. District Court in downtown Charleston could last until July 8, a scheduling notice filed late Tuesday by Judge Richard Gergel stated. That’s three days before Roof’s death penalty trial on murder, attempted murder and firearms charges is scheduled to start in state court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson, the lead prosecutor, said Meek’s trial would take more than five days but likely less than 10.

Roof also faces 33 counts in federal court, where his trial date has not been set as the government considers whether to also pursue his execution.

During a hearing Tuesday, Gergel delayed Roof’s federal trial because of the pending decision, but opposing attorneys in Meek’s case said they were ready for his proceeding. The judge finalized the date later in the day.

Jury selection is set for May 3. Attorneys in the case have said the jury pool will pull from residents statewide instead those just in the Charleston area.

Columbia attorney Deborah Barbier will defend Meek.

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