Former federal prosecutor appointed to represent friend of Charleston shooting suspect

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Published: Sep. 21, 2015 at 5:24 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2015 at 5:24 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An attorney has been appointed to represent the friend of a white man charged with killing nine people at a church in Charleston.

Court papers filed Monday show that former federal prosecutor Deborah Barbier has been appointed to represent Joey Meek.

Meek pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to law enforcement agents and failing to report what he knew about Dylann Roof's plans. If convicted, Meek faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for lying to investigators and up to three years for concealing information.

Roof faces possible death sentences in the state and federal systems for the June 17 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston. Authorities say Meek knowingly lied to an FBI agent when he said he didn't know what Roof was planning.

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