David Laffer, the man charged with killing four people in a Medford pharmacy, has a new attorney with experience in high-profile cases.
Less than two weeks after being indicted on multiple counts of first-degree murder, Laffer replaced his court-appointed attorney, Mary Elizabeth Abbate, with longtime defense attorney Eric Naiburg, of Central Islip, the offices of both lawyers confirmed.
Naiburg declined to comment about the case, which has attracted national attention. Laffer, 33, of Medford, is accused of shooting to death a pharmacist, his assistant and two customers while robbing the business of more than 10,000 painkillers last month. It was the worst mass killing on Long Island since the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre.
Suffolk prosecutors say Laffer and his wife, Melinda Brady, 29, planned the robbery because they were addicted to the drugs. Brady was charged with third-degree robbery and has not yet been indicted.
Laffer is scheduled to return to court in September.
Naiburg is no stranger to high-profile cases on Long Island. They include Richard Angelo, a nurse known as the "Angel of Death," who was convicted of killing four patients with lethal injections in 1987; James Troiano, one of three Northport teenagers who were convicted of killing another teen during a satanic ritual in 1984; and Scott Carroll, convicted in 1988 of raping several women on the South Shore in the 1980s.
But his best-known client was Amy Fisher, then a teenager, who pleaded guilty to shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the head in 1992 at her Massapequa home. She was having an affair with Buttafuoco's husband, auto body shop owner Joey Buttafuoco. The Buttafuocos moved to California and divorced. Fisher became an advice columnist and then a porn star.