Bond hearing for Charleston shooting suspect's friend

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Posted: Nov 03, 2015 12:38 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The friend of a white man accused of massacring nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church may soon be released from jail.

A bond execution hearing has been scheduled in Columbia on Wednesday for 21-year-old Joey Meek. The hearing signals that Meek will likely make bail.

Last month, a federal judge lowered Meek's bond from $100,000 to $25,000, citing his nonviolent past and lack of hard drug use. Authorities say Meek lied and failed to report all he knew about Dylann Roof's plans to shoot parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June.

Meek is on probation. He pleaded guilty in March to possessing a stolen vehicle. His attorney said last month Meek had been in solitary confinement since his Sept. 17 arrest.