Joey Meek, a friend of admitted Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, has been charged by a federal grand jury in connection to the June massacre that left nine people dead at Emanuel AME Church, according to court documents.
Meek, 21, was arrested Thursday by FBI agents, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. He has been charged with one count of making false statements to federal officials and one count of “misprision of a felony,” meaning he concealed knowledge about a crime.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Friday morning.
“Meek is alleged to have taken steps to conceal his knowledge of the crimes committed by Dylann Storm Roof,” according to a Justice Department news release, “and to have made materially false statements when Meek told a special agent of the FBI that he did not know specifics of Roof’s plan to shoot individuals on a Wednesday, during Bible study, at an AME Church in Charleston.”
In the weeks before Roof allegedly gunned down nine worshipers inside the historic black church, he slept on the floor of a Lexington County, S.C., trailer that also housed Meek. Meek’s two brothers, mother, and girlfriend also live in the trailer; The Washington Post profiled the family on Sunday.
Meek told The Post that when news broke about the shooting, he feared Roof was the suspect; he said he called police once he saw surveillance footage of the suspected shooter on television the next morning. Meek said FBI agents subsequently questioned him about what Roof had told him before the church massacre, as well as his own possible involvement in the shooting.
His girlfriend, Lindsey Fry — who said she was also questioned — told The Post that Meek was taken into custody at work Thursday afternoon.
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