COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joey Meek, a crony of confessed Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, has been charged by a sovereign grand jury in tie to a Jun electrocute that left 9 people passed during a ancestral black church, according to justice documents.
Meek, 21, was arrested Thursday by FBI agents, according to a law coercion central informed with a investigation. He has been charged with one count of creation fake statements to sovereign officials, and one count of “misprision of a felony,” definition he secluded believe about a crime.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in sovereign justice on Friday morning.
According to a indictment, Meek told investigators that “he did not know specifics of Dylann Roof’s devise to fire people on a Wednesday, during Bible study, during AME Church in Charleston … whereas, in law and fact, as Meek afterwards and there good knew, Meek’s statements and representations denying such specifics were false, fictitious and fake when made.”
In addition, a ask states, Meek had believe “of a tangible elect of a felony” and “did not, as shortly as possible, make famous a same to some decider or other chairman in polite authority.”
In a weeks before Roof allegedly gunned down black worshipers inside a Charleston church, he slept on a building of a Lexington County trailer that also housed Meek. Meek’s dual brothers, mother, and partner also live in a trailer; The Washington Post profiled a family on Sunday.
Meek told The Post that when news pennyless about a shooting, he feared Roof was a suspect; he pronounced he called military once he saw notice footage of a suspected shooter on radio a subsequent morning. Meek pronounced FBI agents subsequently questioned him about what Roof had told him before to a church massacre, as good as his possess probable impasse in a shooting.
His girlfriend, Lindsey Fry — who pronounced she was also questioned — told The Post that Meek was taken into control during work Thursday afternoon.
“He don’t consider he did anything wrong,” Fry pronounced in a phone interview. “I don’t unequivocally have anything to contend about it.”
“I mean, we knew it was going to happen,” she pronounced of a arrest, “but we don’t know because it was happening.”
Meek’s mother, Kim Konzny, did not immediately lapse a call Thursday night for comment.
Meek pronounced he and Roof were childhood friends and that Roof had asked him for a place to stay. In a days before a shooting, Meek pronounced Roof told him he was going to “do something crazy,” so Meek and Fry hid his gun. They after returned it, desiring a matter was zero some-more than a inebriated rant.
“I didn’t take him seriously,” Meek said.
An FBI mouthpiece in Columbia didn’t immediately lapse a ask for comment. A mouthpiece for a Department of Justice declined to comment.
Roof faces nine depends of murder and 3 depends of attempted murder in a Jun 17 sharpened spree. A South Carolina decider set a Jul 11, 2016, hearing date for Roof.
Bever, Goldman and Izadi reported from Washington. Stephanie McCrummen, Sarah Larimer and Abby Phillip contributed to this story.