COLUMBIA, S.C. (The Washington Post) — Joey Meek, a friend of admitted Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, pleaded not guilty Friday to two federal charges related to the June massacre that left nine people dead at a historic black church.
Meek, 21, was charged by a federal grand jury 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. At a hearing in federal court, U.S. Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges said the only plea she could accept was one of not guilty; that plea was entered on Meek’s behalf.
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 [Emanuel] AME Church in Charleston.”
Meek’s mother, Karen Konzny, burst into tears Friday at the sight of her son clad in an orange jumpsuit, shackled at the hands and feet. “We love you,” she whispered as her son rocked back and forth before the hearing.