Charleston, SC (AP) - An official says a friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black churchgoers to death in Charleston is being investigated by federal authorities.
A federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a letter was sent last month telling Joey Meek he was under investigation for lying to law enforcement and misprision of a felony, which means authorities believe Meek knew about a crime before or after it was committed but didn't report it.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.
Meek has said Dylann Roof stayed with him in Lexington County before the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The investigation was first reported by The State newspaper.
Associated Press reporter Meg Kinnard contributed to this report from Columbia, South Carolina.