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Judge sets hearings for defendants in SC church shooting

Dylann Roof appeared in court on July 16 in connection with the shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church. (Photo Source: Live 5) Dylann Roof appeared in court on July 16 in connection with the shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church. (Photo Source: Live 5)
Joseph Meek (Photo Source: CBS News) Joseph Meek (Photo Source: CBS News)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge has set hearings in the cases of the two men facing various charges in the shooting of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel meets Friday with attorneys representing 21-year-old Joey Meek to discuss the status of his case.

Prosecutors allege Meek lied and failed to report all he knew about Dylann Roof's plans for the church shooting. Meek's attorneys want his trial delayed.

Roof, also 21, faces nine counts of murder in state court and dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes. Gergel meets with attorneys in that case on Dec. 1.

During a similar hearing last month, the judge urged prosecutors to press for a Justice Department decision on whether the government will seek the death penalty against Roof.

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