Judge delays trial for friend of church shooting defendant

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge has delayed the trial for a defendant accused of not telling everything he knew about the plans of a man charged with shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston church.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel agreed Friday to postpone the trial of 21-year-old Joey Meek until at least March. No specific trial date was set.

A defense attorney said during a hearing that she needed more time to prepare Meek's defense and review the large amount of evidence in the case.

Prosecutors allege Meek lied and failed to report what he knew about Dylann Roof's plans for shooting the parishioners at Emanuel AME Church on June 17.

Roof faces nine counts of murder in state court and dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes.

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