- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The latest on the Charleston church shooting, including a hearing on what evidence can be released to the media and the investigation into a friend of the suspect (all times local):


1 p.m.

A state judge says he’s concerned about the release to the media of graphic crime-scene photographs and the 911 audio tapes stemming from the shooting of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AMEW church in Charleston.

“I see no benefit or reason for the news media to have access to those photographs showing people dead on the church floor,” Nicholson said Wednesday during a hearing in which media attorneys asked him to allow the release of documents in the case.

Regarding 911 calls, the judge said “the sounds of people dying coming through on that tape are quite morbid.”

Nicholson said he would amend an earlier order that blocked the release of the documents but will first review the photographs with attorneys for the media and the victims’ families, before deciding what might be released.

Nine African-Americans were shot to death at the church on June 17. A white man, Dylann Roof, has been charged in their deaths.


12:45 p.m.

The girlfriend of a man being investigated by federal authorities in connection with a deadly shooting at an African-American church in South Carolina says he is worried about going to jail.

Lindsey Fry said Joey Meek is trying to get a lawyer after getting a letter from federal agents saying he is under investigation for lying to law enforcement.

The man charged in the church shooting, Dylann Roof, lived with Meek, his two brothers and Fry before the June 17 shooting.

She says Meek has a new job fixing air conditioners and is trying to save money to find a new place to live and a new car.


10:55 a.m.

An official says a friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black churchgoers to death in Charleston is being investigated by federal authorities.

A federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a letter was sent last month telling Joey Meek he was under investigation for lying to law enforcement and misprision of a felony, which means authorities believe Meek knew about a crime before or after it was committed but didn’t report it.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

Meek has said Dylann Roof stayed with him in Lexington County before the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The investigation was first reported by The State newspaper.


Associated Press reporter Meg Kinnard contributed to this report from Columbia, South Carolina.


10:50 a.m.

A South Carolina judge says he will release some police documents and other evidence in connection with the Charleston church shooting that claimed the lives of nine black worshippers.

Judge J.C. Nicholson said he wanted to sit down with attorneys for the victims and the news media to review some of the more graphic evidence - including photographs of the crime scene - before deciding specifically what will be released.

During a hearing in Charleston on Wednesday, Nicholson also indicated the 911 calls would be released, but that there had been no decision whether the tapes themselves or just simply transcripts would be released.

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