New bond hearing for Charleston shooting suspect's friend

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Posted: Oct 22, 2015 7:49 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man charged with not telling investigators all he knew about his friend — who's accused of killing nine parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church — is appearing for another bond hearing.

Joey Meek will appear before a federal judge Thursday where attorneys will ask to lower his $100,000 bond. Authorities say Meek lied to law officers and failed to report what he knew about Dylann Roof's plans for the shootings.

Roof, who's white, is charged with killing black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.

Meanwhile, the judge hearing state murder charges against Roof in Charleston has issued an order reaffirming his trial will start as scheduled next July 11. But the order appoints a third attorney to help in Roof's defense. The state is seeking the death penalty in Roof's case.