Trial delayed for Charleston church shooting suspect friend

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Posted: Feb 03, 2016 2:48 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has granted a delay in the trial for Joey Meek, the friend of the man charged in the Charleston church shootings.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Wednesday granted a motion sought by attorney Deborah Barbier. She had asked that the trial be delayed at least until May so the defense would have more time to review evidence in the case.

Authorities say that 21-year-old Meek failed to tell investigators all he knew about Dylann Roof's plans to shoot nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church last June. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder in state court and with hate crimes and other charges in federal court.

Gergel will hold a hearing next week to discuss the status of both federal cases.