COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A judge has granted a $25,000 secured surety bond for the man accused of lying to federal authorities during the investigation into the deadly Charleston church shooting.
While it is unclear if Joey Meek will bond out, Judge Shiva B. Hodges wants him on electronic monitoring and seeking a job while he awaits his trial.
The big questions Judge Hodges said needed answering was whether Meek is a danger to the community and if he is a flight risk.
The prosecution argued yes, saying Meek was already in violation of his parole for a March 2015 conviction for use of a vehicle without permission when the feds questioned him about the Charleston church shooting, and described him as a man with no ties, bouncing between jobs every couple of months.
The defense said the opposite, saying Meek's crimes weren't violent, and that he had strong family ties in the Midlands.
According to the indictment, Meek "stated to a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he did not know specifics of Dylann Roof's plan to shoot individuals on a Wednesday, during Bible study, at an AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina."
Meek said he last saw Roof on the Tuesday before the shooting.
There were several victims of the Emanuel AME shooting in the courtroom, including survivor Felicia Sanders, who told the judge she now lives in fear, and asked that Meek's bond stay at $100,000.
Hodges said she sympathized with the survivors, but it was her duty to find out those two questions and said she wanted the focus of this trial to stay on Meek -- not Dylann Roof.
Meek faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.