Friend of accused Charleston church shooter charged with concealing details

Updated 6:17 PM EDT, Fri September 18, 2015
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NEW: Joey Meek's lawyer and father decline to comment on the indictment

Meek is a friend of accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof

Meek pleaded not guilty to charges of concealing and failing to report, making false statements

(CNN) —  

Joey Meek knew more about accused Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof’s plans than he let on and lied to authorities about it, prosecutors said in an indictment unsealed Friday.

A federal judge ordered Meek, 21, held in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of misprision of a felony – concealing and failing to report it – and making false statements.

Meek pleaded not guilty, according to the court.

His lawyer, Deborah Butcher, told CNN on Friday that she couldn’t comment on the indictment because she hadn’t had enough time to review it.

Meek himself couldn’t be reached by phone, and his father declined to talk about the case involving his son.

Authorities haven’t said that Meek had any direct role in planning or carrying out the June 17 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine people dead.

The man who did – Roof, also 21 – could be sentenced to death if he’s convicted on all the charges against him.

Indictment: Meek claimed ‘he did not know specifics’

Police captured Roof in North Carolina the day after the attack and brought him back to South Carolina. He admitted to the killings, police said.

Meek told CNN that he called the FBI the morning after the shooting, describing Roof and giving investigators the license plate number from his car.

Meek told reporters that Roof had drunkenly vowed to “do something crazy” but that he did not take him seriously, even though he said he hid his friend’s gun the night of that boast. He said he put it back the next day.

“I didn’t take him serious,” Meek said.

Meek said he hid Roof’s gun that night, but put it back the next day.

Prosecutors allege Meek told an FBI agent questioning him after the shootings 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.”

In reality, prosecutors say, “Meek’s statements and representations denying such specifics were false, fictitious and fraudulent when made.”

The indictment also charges Meek with failing to notify authorities of the shooting “as soon as possible.”

Friend said shooting could have been stopped

Meek told CNN shortly after the shooting that he had been friends with Roof in middle school. They’d lost touch a few years ago, but reconnected in recent months, Meek said, adding that there were things about Roof’s recent behavior that scared him.

Roof said he wanted to have “a race war,” according to Meek, and once asked his friend to videotape him burning an American flag.

“I’m sorry this all happened to everybody,” Meek said in June. “And it could have been prevented if people would have taken him serious. But Dylann wasn’t a serious person, and no one took him serious.”

“But Dylann wasn’t a serious person, and no one took him serious.”

CNN’s Brian Todd, Gigi Mann and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.