Summary: A friend of the Charleston church shooter, Joey Meek, has been arrested for allegedly lying to federal agents and concealing information.
CNN reports that Joey Meek, a friend of Dylann Roof, the young man who is accused of murdering nine individuals in a Charleston, South Carolina church, is now facing charges of his own.
Meek has been indicted on charges of making false statements to the FBI and concealing details related to the shootings. He is accused of withholding information about Roofâs plan to carry out the shootings.
Meek was scheduled to appear at 11:00 a.m. in the U.S. District Court ofÂ Columbia, South Carolina, on September 18. According to the Washington Post, he has entered a plea of not guilty.
Meek said that he was friends with Roof when they were kids.Â Though they lost touch over the years, they had reconnected in recentÂ months. Meek admitted that Roof scared him at times.
Meek commented that Roof wanted to have a ârace war,â and that Roof even asked Meek to film him burning an American flag.
A few days after the shootings Meek spoke with reporters. He recalled how Roof, while drunk one night, said he was going âto do something crazy.â
Meek actually hid Roofâs firearm that night but replaced it the next day. He explained, âI didnât take him serious.â
However, the indictment accuses Meek of knowing more than he has led on. Prosecutors allegeÂ MeekÂ told an FBI agent he “did not know specifics of Dylann Roofâs plan to shoot individuals on a Wednesday, during Bible Study, at an AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.â
They argue, âMeekâs statements and representations denying such specifics were false, fictitious and fraudulent when made.â
The indictment also charges Meek for failingÂ to notify law enforcement of the shooting âas soon as possible.â
Meek told CNN that he heard a description of the shooter the morning after the massacre. He says he called the FBI to provide details of what Roof had been wearing, as well as information about the license tag on his vehicle.
CBS News adds that Meekâs girlfriend, Lindsey Fry, has statedÂ Meek called her on the day of his arrest. He told her it looked like federal agents were closing in. âThey want to talk to me, but I think Iâm going to jail,â he told her.
On June 17, Roof shot and killed nine individuals as they participated in a Bible study. One ofÂ the nine victims was Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a state senator.
Police apprehended Roof in North Carolina the day after the attack and ultimatelyÂ returned him to South Carolina. Roof has admitted he was the shooter. If he is convicted, the 21-year-old may face the death penalty.
After the shootings, Meek said, âI’m sorry this all happened to everybody. And it could have been prevented if people would have taken him serious. But Dylann wasn’t a serious person, and no one took him serious.”
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