Charleston church shooting suspect friend wants trial delay

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The attorney for Joey Meek, the friend of the man charged in the Charleston church shootings, wants her client’s trial delayed.

Attorney Deborah Barbier filed a motion Monday seeking a delay until at least May. The trial had been scheduled for next month.

The defense says it wants the delay to have more time to review evidence in the case.

Authorities say that 21-year-old Meek failed to tell investigators all he knew about Dylann Roof’s plans to shoot nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church last June. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder in state court and with hate crimes and other charges in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel holds a hearing next week to discuss the status of both federal cases.

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