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Judge sets trial date for friend of accused Charleston church shooter

Joey Meek (Source: WIS) Joey Meek (Source: WIS)

A federal judge has set the date for the hearing of the friend of a man accused of killing nine people in a Charleston church last summer.

The trial of Joey Meek is set to begin at 9 a.m. on June 27, according to court records.

Meek is accused of not telling investigators everything he knew about Dylann Roof's plans in connection to the fatal shooting of nine parishioners at the AME Emanuel Church. 

The trial is expected to continue through July 8.

The following Monday, Roof's state trial is set to begin. Around 600 Charlestonians will be summoned for jury duty, then whittled down this summer. Officials on the state level already have said they will seek the death penalty.  

The date of the trial was announced the day after a hearing held to determine when a date could be set. Meek's attorney estimated his trial will last about two weeks and told Judge Richard Gergel she could be ready for the trial by the last two weeks of June.

Meek was not present in court at his hearing.

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