Judge sets hearings for defendants in Mother Emanuel church shooting

This photo provided by Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people Wednesday, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has set hearings in the cases of the two men facing various charges in the shooting of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel meets Friday with attorneys representing 21-year-old Joey Meek to discuss the status of his case.

Prosecutors allege Meek lied and failed to report all he knew about Dylann Roof’s plans for the church shooting. Meek’s attorneys want his trial delayed.

Roof, also 21, faces nine counts of murder in state court and dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes. Gergel meets with attorneys in that case on Dec. 1.

During a similar hearing last month, the judge urged prosecutors to press for a Justice Department decision on whether the government will seek the death penalty against Roof.

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