The man who opened his doors to suspected Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof was arraigned in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, Friday morning on charges of misprision of a felony and making a false statement.
Joseph “Joey” Meek Jr., 21, of Red Bank, South Carolina, pleaded not guilty and is being held pending the posting of a $100,000 secured bond.
Indictments unsealed Friday allege that Meek had knowledge of Roof’s plans to shoot African-American parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and that he “did not, as soon as possible, make known the same to some judge or other person in civil authority under the United States.”
The indictments also alleged that Meek told a special agent from the FBI “that he did not know specifics of Dylann Roof’s plan” to shoot individuals at the church. The documents alleged that “Meek’s statements and representations denying such specifics were false, fictitious and fraudulent when made.”
Meek, dressed in an orange Lexington County Detention Center jumpsuit, was manacled hand and foot in metal chains. During most of the hearing, he sat at the defense table beside his lawyer, Deborah Butcher of Camden. (Read more from “Prosecutors: Friend Knew of Dylann Roof’s Plans to Kill Charleston Churchgoers” HERE)