Bond hearing set for Charleston shooting suspect's friend

Bond hearing set for Charleston shooting suspect's friend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The friend of a man accused of massacring nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston may soon be released from jail.

A bond execution hearing is scheduled on Wednesday in Columbia for 21-year-old Joey Meek. The hearing signals that Meek will likely make bail.

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 the church in June.

Meek has been in solitary confinement since his Sept. 17 arrest. He pleaded guilty in March to possessing a stolen vehicle and is currently on probation in the state system.

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