The Latest: Friend of man accused in Charleston church shooting charged with lying to FBI

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The latest on the Charleston church shooting, including the case against a friend of the suspect (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

A friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black churchgoers to death now faces federal charges.

Court documents dated Tuesday and unsealed Friday say that 21-year-old Joey Meek is charged with lying to federal agents during their investigation of Dylann Roof and with concealing information.

The indictment says Meek stated to an FBI agent that he did not know specifics about Roof's plan to shoot churchgoers during Bible study, but the FBI says that was a lie.

Authorities notified Meek last month that he was under investigation. He was arrested Thursday. Meek has said Roof stayed with him in Lexington County before the June 17 shootings.

Meek previously told The Associated Press that, before the shooting, Roof drunkenly complained that blacks were taking over the world."

Meek was expected to appear in court for arraignment at 11 a.m. Friday. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney to contact for comment on the case.


4:15 a.m.

A friend of the alleged Charleston church shooter has been arrested and is expected to make his first court appearance.

Twenty-one-year-old Joey Meek is expected to appear in court Friday. He was arrested Thursday, more than a month after authorities told him he was under federal investigation for lying to them and failing to report a crime.

Meek's girlfriend says he's innocent. It's not clear whether he has an attorney yet.

Meek has said Dylann Roof, who's accused of killing nine black church members during Bible study on June 17, stayed with him before the shootings. Meek told The Associated Press that Roof had drunkenly complained that "blacks were taking over the world" and "someone needed to do something about it for the white race."