Judge grants delay in trial for friend of accused church shooter

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge granted a delay in the trial for the friend of the accused Charleston church shooter who faces charges of lying to investigators.

Joseph Meek's attorneys filed a motion requesting a continuance of the case against him, waiving his right to a speedy trial, according to documents filed Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Judge Richard Gergel granted that request, delaying Meek's trial until the May term of court.

Meek is charged with misprision of a felony and making a false statement and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He is a friend of Dylann Roof, who faces 46 charges in connection with the June 17 shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.

Meek's attorneys filed a motion of continuance of his trial, citing the fact that Meek's defense team is still reviewing evidence in the case and has been informed by the government that additional evidence will be coming.

The documents stated a pre-trial conference was scheduled for Feb. 11, but sought to delay the case.

"Defendant Meek was advised of his right to a speedy trial and he has indicated that he consents to the continuance and waives his right to a speedy trial," the documents state.

Investigators accused Meek of concealing "knowledge of the actual commission of a felony" and not reporting the crime as soon as possible to authorities. They also say he "made materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations."

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