Judge sets bond for friend of accused Charleston church shooter

Judge sets bond for friend of accused Charleston church shooter

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC/AP) - The friend of Dylann Roof who faces jail time himself with charges of withholding information to federal investigators can now walk out of jail.

Joey Meek's bond was accepted Wednesday afternoon.

The whole bond process for Meek only lasted about fifteen minutes with Judge Shiva Hodges accepting a surety bond paid for by Meek's grandmother.

Meek's grandmother did not comment as she left the Matthew Perry Courthouse this afternoon, but she, along with one other member of Meek's family, attended the hearing, partly because Meek is not allowed to contact either his girlfriend or his brothers.

When Meek is released from the Lexington County Detention Center, where he has been in solitary confinement since September, he will be on electronic monitoring, and must live with his grandparents for the duration of his bond.

Hodges also told him to actively seek work, and that he can only leave the house for work, church, medical help, or attorney meetings.

Last month, a federal judge lowered Meek's bond from $100,000 to $25,000, citing his nonviolent past and lack of hard drug use. Authorities say Meek lied and failed to report all he knew about Dylann Roof's plans to shoot parishioners at a downtown Charleston church in June.

Meek is on probation. He pleaded guilty in March to possessing a stolen vehicle. His attorney said last month Meek had been in solitary confinement since his Sept. 17 arrest.

Roof is accused of shooting and killing nine parishioners of the Mother Emanuel AME Church following a Bible study on June 17.

Copyright 2015 WCSC. The Associated Press contributed to this report.