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Alleged L.I. pharmacy killer's wife drove getaway car: officials

Melinda Brady

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The drug-addled wife of accused Long Island pharmacy killer David Laffer was behind the wheel of the getaway car and helped cover up the crime, prosecutors said Tuesday, adding that there is not enough evidence, however, to charge her with murder.

"We cannot legally prove that she was aware that he had armed himself with a deadly weapon or that he intended to kill the people in the drugstore," Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Instead, Melinda Brady, 29, faces one count of first-degree robbery that carries a maximum 25 year sentence.

Her husband, David Laffer, 33, is charged with killing pharmacist Raymond Ferguson, drugstore employee Jennifer Mejia, 17, and Jaime Taccetta, 33, and Bryon Sheffield, 71, inside the Haven Drugs pharmacy in Medford on June 19 during a robbery of prescription painkillers to feed their addictions.

About 1,000 stolen hydrocodone were found hidden in a blender box at the couple's Medford home, Spota said. The pair also disassembled the .45-caliber handgun used in the crime and buried the barrel in their yard, he said.

Several of the victims' family members attended Brady's arraignment Tuesday and were not pleased about the lesser charge.

"They were upset, as they should be," Spota said, adding that he told the families that if Laffer is convicted, “he will never see the light of day, and that we will be seeking very significant incarceration for Ms. Brady."

Ray Malone, an uncle of Taccetta, said he was "very disappointed."

Judge James Hudson ordered Brady held without bail. Her next court date is Sept. 22, the same as her husband, who has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

(with Newsday)


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