- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A judge has allowed the friend of a white man accused of massacring nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church to be released from jail.

Magistrate Judge Shiva Hodges ruled Wednesday 21-year-old Joey Meek could be released on $25,000 secured bond. A few hours later, local television stations showed Meek leaving jail, covering his face and not talking to reporters.

Last month, Hodges lowered Meek’s bond from $100,000. Authorities say Meek lied and failed to report all he knew about Dylann Roof’s plans to shoot parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June.

Meek has been in solitary confinement since his Sept. 17 arrest. He pleaded guilty in March to possessing a stolen vehicle and is currently on probation in the state system.

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