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Friend of Dylann Roof charged in connection with Charleston shooting

A federal grand jury charged a friend, Joey Meek, of a confessed Charleston shooter Dylann Roof in connection to the June shooting that left nine people dead in a historical black Methodist church, according to court documents.

Court documents unsealed Friday say that 21-year-old Meek is charged with lying to federal agents during the investigation of Dylann Roof and withholding information, New York Times reports. Specifically, he has been charged with one count of “misprision of a felony” and one count of making false statements to federal officers.

Meek was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday, more than one month after authorities told him he was under federal investigation, according to a law enforcement official, Washington Post reports. His arraignment is scheduled for Friday morning in federal court.

According to the indictment, Meek informed investigators that “he did not know specifics of Dylann Roof’s plan to shoot individuals on a Wednesday, during Bible study, at AME Church in Charleston…whereas, in truth and fact, as Meek then and there well knew, Meek’s statements and representations denying such specifics were false, fictitious and fraudulent when made.”

The document also states that Meek knew of “the actual commission of a felony” and “did not, as soon as possible, make known the same to some judge or other person in civil authority.”

Roof had been sleeping on Meek’s floor in the weeks leading up to the church shooting. Meek’s two brothers, girlfriend and mother were also living in the trailer, according to The Post.

Meek said that Roof had told him he had planned to do “something crazy.” After he said that, Meek and his girlfriend took his gun away. Later, they returned the gun because Meek “didn’t take him seriously.”

Meek feared that Roof was the suspect when the news came out of the shooting. He had already watched the footage before FBI agents came to question him about what Roof had said and his own involvement.

His girlfriend seems to think that he did not do anything wrong. “He don’t think he did anything wrong,” Fry said in a phone interview with The Post. “I don’t really have anything to say about it.”

However, she admitted that she knew the arrest was going to happen. She added that “we don’t understand why it was happening.”

His mother did not immediately respond for comment. It is unclear whether Meek has an attorney yet.

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com