Melinda Brady, Wife Of Medford Pharmacy Massacre Suspect, Pleads Not Guilty

Judge Sets Bail At $750,000 Cash Or $1.5 Million Bond

MEDFORD, NY (CBSNewYork) — The wife of the suspect accused in the Medford pharmacy massacre pleaded not guilty to related charges.

Melinda Brady was arraigned Friday morning at a Central Islip courtroom on third-degree robbery and obstruction charges. A judge set bail at $750,000 cash or a $1.5 million bond.

Assistant District Attorney James Chalifoux said a grand jury will consider more serious charges against Brady when it convenes on Monday.

“It’s based upon her admitted role in what I submit as the most horrific and chilling robbery-murder in Suffolk County history,” said Chalifoux.

Chalifoux said additional charges will depend on what Brady knew and when.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports: Brady May Face Additional Charges

She and husband David Laffer were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the Haven Pharmacy killings in Medford that left four people dead.

More information is also coming to light indicating that Brady may have been far more involved in the drugstore massacre than previously thought.  Brady is being accused of premeditating the robbery, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported.

According to court papers, Brady told authorities that she and Laffer discussed robbing the pharmacy the night before and that he was only to threaten to steal the drugs.

LINK: Read The Felony Complaint Against Melinda Brady

“Part of her admissions include driving with the defendant to that location and driving away from that location,” Chalifoux said.

Officials said Brady told police her husband went to the pharmacy to steal drugs for her.  According to the criminal complaint filed with the court case, Brady also gave Laffer a prescription written for her to use during the robbery.

Brady told detectives her husband was only supposed to threaten the pharmicist and steal the thousands of hydrocodone pills.  The complaint also said that Brady knowingly went with Laffer to rob the pharmacy and admitted driving the getaway car — a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder.

Brady was taken to St. Catherine’s Hospital in Smithtown on Thursday but was discharged early Friday morning for her arraignment.

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David Laffer and wife Melinda Brady (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

Police say Laffer killed two employees and two customers of the store before stealing prescription drugs.  Killed were pharmacist Raymond Ferguson, 45, store clerk Jennifer Mejia, 17, Bryon Sheffield, 71, and Jamie Taccetta, 33.

PHOTOS: Haven Drugs Pharmacy Massacre

Police said Laffer and Brady were “obviously under the influence” of narcotics when they were arrested on Wednesday.

Police said they found 11,000 hydrocodone pills, a powerful painkiller, inside Laffer and Brady’s basement apartment at Laffer’s mother’s home in Medford.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: Brady Seemed Nervous In Court

It’s unclear if all of those painkillers came from Haven pharmacy.

As she was leaving Suffolk police headquarters early Thursday morning, Brady appeared to implicate her husband in the murders.

“He did it. He did all of this,” she told reporters. “He was doing it because he lost his job and I was sick. I’m sorry he did all of this.”

CBS 2 has learned more about Brady’s apparent addiction to painkillers.

According to posts from 2008 on a popular wedding site Long Island Weddings, Brady writes she recently had dental surgery and was taking three different types of painkillers.

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A screen capture of the posts by Melinda Brady on (credit:

“I have been on pills after pills. I am (in) a lot of pain and it is driving me crazy,” she said in one post.

“I only take it if I really have to. I really hate taking them,” she said in another.

In other posts, she wrote she was suddenly feeling depressed.

“I am not a depressed person or anything before this all happened. I was happy,” the post said.

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A screen capture of the posts by Melinda Brady on (credit:

The profile picture on the posts is of Brady and Laffer when they got engaged.

Police say they went through prescription records at Haven pharmacy that showed Laffer was a customer.

Laffer, a former intelligence analyst with the Army, is now being held in a special isolated cell in the Suffolk County Jail.  He’s on suicide watch which means officers are watching him 24/7.

Laffer was arraigned Thursday afternoon on first-degree murder charges. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

If convicted of the crime, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Sound off in our comments section.

  • Max Spencer

    She avers she did not know her s***t husband aimed to kill. But she knew he was carrying a weapon. She knew he was holding up a drugstore. Case closed.

  • carol

    I live 2 blocks from this horrible murder. I’ve patronized this pharmacy. this is a close knit, quiet community. the people that worked there were kind and helpful people. Laffer and his wife should both die. they should be given to the victim’s families to get justice. I am sicked by what happened here.

  • Gregg

    This has to be the most senseless multi murder of innocent people in the US that I have ever seen in my entire life ! Sick, just sick !

    • liz

      I AGREE. THEY SHOULD BOTH FRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      DISGUSTING AND HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nyc

    I wish one of the victims was carring a gun legally and killed this crazy/ doper before he started killing everyone ! That would have been the end to it. New York has got to make it easier for a law abiding citizen to carry a weapon ! These pood unarmed people didn’t have a chance. So sad.

  • Susan

    Brady should also be charged with first-degree murder because she drove the car and was an accessory before and after the fact. She’s not going to get any drugs in jail, poor thing!

  • Joey Potsnpans

    Ugly Irish donkey…





  • Tom NJ

    Death to both.

  • Bruce Goldensteinberg

    Don’t let the media change the narrative! I heard the liberals are trying to blame these deaths on this man lacking health insurance for his pill popping drug addict wife. If only we had socialized medicine, like in cuba, those people would be alive. They cannot acknowledge this man’s evil. Both should have been executed by now.

    • death penalty

      Why don’t you guys stop with the “liberals” opinions? This has nothing to do with liberals, and I don’t think anybody is trying to justify what they did. It is just news, the media knows will attract a lot listeners/viewers/readers. Cut it out with you comment about liberals. This is all just about 4 people’s lifes taken away but two persons who should be receiving the death penalty. No question about it. Monsters at their worst.

  • tony

    Death penalty for both. But the post blaming the pharma companies is right.
    If you create an addiction humans will kill to satisfy it. Remember crack in the 80’s and 90’s. Big Pharma owns the FDA so I guess nothing will be done.
    Even Limbaugh was guilty of mutiple aliases to get these drugs.
    Watchout for Iphone robbers. Get a wrist strap

  • JOHN A.

    Throw her in jail for life,and give him the death penalty.This is wha.t they deserve

  • Richard Po'o

    Death is much too easy, they should have to miserable for the rest of their lives, they should get basic bland food and basic health care so that we can prolong and pile on, their miserableness!

    I can think of many ways their misery could be assured. As a start, they could be housed downwind of a sewage plant, or over a pig farm.

    They should be made to labor at back-breaking, menial work, (Cleaning pig pens?) the money from their labor should go to the families and dependents of the victims.

    I bet God is willing to wait for His crack at them, if not…He’ll take them.


    Are we now going to also blame the mother who housed the killer!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!! Stop and think, the mother should have also known he had weapons, they were unemployed with no money, and in need of drugs!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wake up america!

    If they let her out early, she will do the same thing all over again, with another husband. They will then realize that she was the mastermind and seducer.

  • wake up america!

    She’s just as guilty as he is, for aiding and abetting. She should also be charged with murder.

  • EricM

    I only wish the police had saved us all the trouble of bringing this case to trial, by killing them when they had the chance. Unfortunately, now we have to feed and maintain these two lowlife murderers, and we will likely have to pay for their maintenance for many years to come.

    Sometimes I think it would have been better if the police had simply told the victim’s families where these two lived – and then turned their backs while true justice was done.

    But alas…we are too ‘civilized’ for that.

    • Too Civilized for that, indeed

      YEAH, I was actually hoping the police would have “accidentally ” killed them while trying to arrest them. But it didn’t happened. Too bad for the human rights.

  • m soreca

    Please don’t tell me he’ll get a trial, or worse yet found mentally unstable and put away in some medical institution. He deserves to surffer, then die. It was a heartless, senseless and vicous slaughter of upstanding, tax paying, working people with loving families.
    God Bless them all.

  • Joe

    Let’s think out of the box for a moment. This may have very well started with the dentist’s call on surgery when it possibly was not needed. Next you have the greedy pharmaceuticals (who know exactly what they’re doing) come up with a product that’s nothing more than a synthetic opioid…and THEY know it’s highly addictive….but of course, it isn’t marketed that way. Next thing you know, you have a decent person turning into a drug-addicted zombie.

    I had a friend admit to me (back in the day) when this garbage first came on the scene, that he actually took a pill here and there because it felt so good, even though he was supposed to take it for his injury. Fortunately, he saw through it and stopped. However, when you look at the history, you’ll also see that the marketeers of these products ALSO know what the potential harm is and instead, push the product anyway, while keeping its negative effects hidden. Eventually, like anything else, it gets exposed…..they’re fined by the FDA or whomever. They pay the fines….but it’s too late. The product is NOW NEEDED and accepted by the general public etc…..

    I’m talking too long here. In simple terms, the pharmaceuticals KNEW this addiction would happen. As for the couple, it’s too bad that the death penalty ISN’T enforced (or any other laws) as they should be. Instead, he’ll get life and we’ll pay for it….yeah, even his medical needs. As for his wife, I feel some of you are being too hard on her… least so far. I’m not certain she knew he would kill. I am certain that she was willing to do almost anything for the drugs and I’m equally certain, those who have made billions on creating these opioids also knew. They too should be held responsible.

    • EricM

      The man killed 4 people in cold blood. Don’t you dare blame anyone but the man who pulled the trigger. We all have problems. Some more extreme than others. We live in a world where help is usually just a phone call away.

      Many poor, underinsured, or unemployed people suffer from inadvertent addictions to prescription drugs – but don’t resort to robbery and murder to fix their problem.

      Recognize evil when you see it. THIS is an evil occurence.

      • Joe

        Eric, I’m not excusing his deed at all. What I am saying is that others are also responsible to a degree. Many “poor, underinsured, or unemployed” wouldn’t be IF it wasn’t for the the deeds of others. That’s all I’m saying. He IS responsible and I personally believe the death penalty is a viable punishment, providing it is adequately enforced (which it isn’t). He chose to kill. He didn’t have to. However, there’s plenty of blame to go around….for what drove him to the point where he chose to do this “evil” act.

      • Olivia

        This man deserves everything he has coming to him and more…its a shame NY doesn’t have the death penalty! I myself had problems with pills in the past due to a car accident. The worst thing I ever did while taking them was to yell at my husband! This man is pure evil, there is no other word to describe him! We can only hope that while he is on suicide watch someone forgets to watch him!!

    • JoeC

      I take or used to take Hydrocodene for a rupture disc on my back. These pills make your body itch once you stop taking them. These pills don’t push you to to kill or rob anyone. These two should’ve applied for health insurance, probably medicaid, they could have gotten those pills free and without killing anyone.



  • strawberry49greeneyes


    May God bless the familes for whom this has happened to. My prayers are with you and my heart goes out to you.

  • winnie e.

    DEATH, DEATH, DEATH for these Druggies; do society a favor and just put them to death, once convicted, so we can save the taxpayers some money instead of keeping them both in prison for life.

    • danny

      winnie, I am a supporter of the death penalty, but for them, this is to easy. Life in solitary. No appeal, no parole, no clothes. Imagine 25+ years of no sun, no blue sky, no visitors and a bucket as a toilet. Only some slop served under the door. I would not mind paying a bit more in taxes knowing they would suffer for a long time.

  • Bobby

    they both need to not be alive, i figure this guy would have overdosed instead of going to jail. i thank the officers for beating his a$$ down wether he resisted arrest or not thats just for starters, but i guess the rib braking would be curtesy of some of our very own Rikers Island inmates and if he still alive ….hopefully some C.O. ‘s can finish the job……i apologize if i sound like an animal but its just so hard for me to accept the fact that he took lives and destroyed 4 family’s and worse…that he is being keeped alive at our tax payer expence.

    my heart goes out to the family’s

  • Jill

    I now have a higher respect for Law Enforcement, Im pleased they worked as expeditiously as they did to apprehend that monster.

    Thank God For Law Enforcement !

  • Victor Harrison

    kill them the same way,no mercy for these to low lifes,and if its prison please put them in population,justice will then be served.

  • nicole


  • Ed

    She should be charged with 4 counts of 2nd degree murder and senteced to 15 years to life to run consecutively. He should be executed but, NYS 4 counts of life also to run consecutively.

  • nicole


  • nyc

    A marriage made in heaven ! I can’t believe no family member or friend knew this guy was going to explode and knew he owns a gun ! I just think this horrible crime could have been prevented. So sad.

    • Jennifer

      Because He probably had a mother that protected him. I know someone that has blinders on when it comes to her son.

  • roger

    They should both be executed.
    they killed four innocent people.

  • toilet bug

    I’m sure they are going to raise the charges against this broad … right now they are just trying to keep her cooperative in helping to cinch the case against Laffer. They don’t want any holes in the case against Laffer that would cause them to have to offer a plea deal. Once that is completed, Brady will mysteriously be found to have hanged herself in her cell.

  • LG

    The best punishment for this low life is make her quite the drugs cold turkey baby!!! She’ll go insane!!!

    • IgnoranteElephante

      No. If she drove him to the pharmacy, waited in the get away car while her husband slaughtered foru people, I’d say the best punishment is burning her alive on a pyre. Why would you think a sober life is the appropriate punishment?

      • jojo

        Ah sweet justice IE, Maybe, you should practice what you preach it should be “for” in lieu of “foru”. You know you don’t know how spell too. All kidding aside, I think LG has a point. Let her suffer through agony while withdrawing from drugs, then throw her a$$ in jail for life with no parole.

      • jojo

        my bad, Four nor for

      • IgnoranteElephante

        Ah, justice, indeed, jojo. It is ironic that in trying to correct my typo, you used the incorrect word. For your information, “four” is the word for the number 4 and “for” is a preposition and conjunction. I just proved that I am not the best typist. You just proved, once again, that you can’t write English.

        Your bad is right.

  • Ben

    The wife worked in concert with her husband–so, she is as guilty of robbery as she is guilty of four counts of murder–even though she did not pull the trigger. This woman gets no sympathy from me–she and her husband contribute nothing to our society (unlike the four innocent people they killed). Lock them up until the moratorium on the death penalty ends.

  • Rick

    I agree, wasn’t she driving the get away car? Just as guilty as the creep she was with. If ever there was a case that called for the death penalty this is one of them.

  • jojo

    So right, She should be charged with 4 counts of murder, robbery. She was the getaway driver and she knew what he did. As long as she got her drugs she did not care. I just hope the up the charges on her. Ridiculous, robbery, obstruction.

  • HelloNY

    This piece of garbage needs to be charged with murder right along with her husband! Robbery? Obstruction? At the very least she was an accessory after the fact. Why are we not charging her with the crimes she committed? Are we supposed to feel sorry for her because she’s a junkie?

    • JustSaying

      They should both get a needle in their arms, period.

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