Medford Pharmacy Massacre Suspect Melinda Brady Charged With First-Degree Robbery

Victims' Families Upset Suffolk District Attorney Couldn't Make Murder Stick

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — No murder charges were filed Tuesday against the wife accused in connection with Long Island’s pharmacy murders.

Instead, Melinda Brady pleaded not guilty to upgraded robbery charges, while prosecutors revealed how she allegedly helped her husband, reports CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

PHOTOS: Medford Pharmacy Massacre

Clearly upset, two dozen grieving family members walked stoically from the courtroom, where moments before a disheveled and thin Brady, her shoulder’s drooping and hands cuffed behind her, was formally indicted by a grand jury for her role in the robbery that resulted in the execution-style mass murders inside the Medford pharmacy on June 19.

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“People who have lost their loved ones, when we tell them we cannot charge a ‘murder,’ they were obviously very, very disappointed in that fact,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

The district attorney said although charges were upgraded to a violent felony — robbery in the first degree, which is punishable by 25 years in prison — there wasn’t proof. Brady denied knowing her husband, David Laffer, was armed with a gun and planned to massacre four innocent citizens while stealing prescription painkillers.

“We cannot legally prove that she knew that her husband was armed with a deadly weapon when he went into the store,” Spota said.

Since the very beginning Brady has blamed only her husband. Brady stunned observers by seeming to implicate her husband by saying “He did it. He did all of this.” She made the statement in June when leaving Suffolk police headquarters.

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

Brady said in a police statement that while she and her husband plotted the Father’s Day robbery at Haven Pharmacy in Medford, she did not know the plan involved killing.

The unsealed indictment outlined new specifics: Brady was indeed behind the wheel of the getaway car. She helped provide an alibi following the murders, where the couple was seen on a convenience store videotape purchasing beverages. They allegedly hid 1,000 of the stolen hydrocodone pills in the base of their kitchen blender box and flushed a stash of others down the toilet. Police also recently found the missing barrel of the murder weapon buried in the suspects’ Medford backyard.

LINK: Read The Felony Complaint Against Melinda Brady

“Drugs do things to them … and he’s not in his right mind,” a neighbor told McLogan.

Spota said Brady helped her husband with his disguise, adding police have discovered video of Laffer throwing his backpack used during the crime, as well as some of his clothing, into a dumpster behind a motel, and tossing pill bottles into a trash bin in the back of a bank.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: Victims’ Families Wish She Was Charged With Murder

While the victims’ families remained quiet Tuesday, their neighbors said the charges against Brady should have been more severe.

“I was looking for first-degree murder charges for her also,” one said.

“If she was driving the getaway car, she’s just as guilty as her husband,” added another.

Prosecutors deny Brady got any kind of deal due to her cooperation. They claim state law and the facts of the case prevent them from charging her with murder.

Brady was ordered held without bail. Her husband is also being held without bail. She had been jailed on $750,000 bail since she and her husband were arrested on June 22.

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

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  1. Rooster says:

    Your all missing the point, The county does not have enough definitive proof of what she may have known or was involved with. What they do know is her actions aided in a crime that she admitted to being a part of. Leaving the county with nothing but a Felony Burglary Indictment, noting the severity of the crimes that the county will look for nothing but the maximum sentence of 25 yrs. It is funny how many people mentioned Casey Anthony and OJ, and yet here we have an example of how to properly convict some one of their actions without losing the Trial. And yet no one sees it. I for one am glad that we have our justice system(which works) and that Suffolk County knows how to handle its business.

  2. alberta crumpnoodle says:

    What worries me is that the unintelligent, unread, and unable to spell or use proper grammar can indeed take a life in their own hands while on a jury.

  3. starviego says:

    There is more to this case than we are being told. What about the third person the media briefly mentioned two weeks ago and hasn’t spoken of since? Why would they rob the place when Laffer was apparently carrying a legal prescription for their happy pills? What happened to all the missing pills from the robbery? I for one smell a set-up.

  4. steffi says:

    What does she mean she didn’t know her husband was going to use a gun to rob the store. What did she think he was going to use, his good looks. You go into a store with a gun to rob it, then he had the intention to use it, why else would you bring a gun. She could say anything to save her butt. She should be charged just like her husband. The law is made for the crimlnals and not for the law abiding citizen. Wake up people. Use you vote. Remember, they work for you.

  5. Bklyn mom says:

    We should ship them all to a deserted island somewhere and leave them there to rot. Levi Aron, these two loonies, Casey Anthony, those two MFs from Connecticut that killed the mother and her daughters… let me fight it out. Our legal system gives too many rights to criminals and not enough to victims.

    1. dave e says:

      Amen!

  6. dave e says:

    I hope a few of the inmates get a hold of them and make them wish they really had those painkillers because of the butt pain inflicted on them. I would be more than willing to hit the switch that puts them to meet satin.

  7. MeAgain says:

    you have to admit, she is pretty hot

    1. Ellen says:

      Ya, and to bad she couldn’t have found a better boyfriend then the nit wit she was hanging around with.

  8. JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS A JOKE says:

    IT SEEMS NOW IT REALLY PAYS TO MURDER FOR WHAT EVER REASON…….

    MOST EVERYONE IS DOING IT AND DARN RIGHT GETTING AWAY WITH IT SOMEHOW.

    LOOK AT ANTHONY CASEY, OJS, AND SO MANY I CAN’T REMEMBER THEM ALL…..THEY HAVE KILLED AND ARE NOW ROAMING FREE!!!!!

    OUR ENTIRE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. basil fomine says:

    LEAVE HER WITH ME FOR 5.5 MINUTES AND SHE WILL REALLY NEED THOSE PAIN PILLS

  10. nick says:

    i hope they rot in hell, and levi aron too.

  11. Marina Ios says:

    what does she mean she did not know what the animal of her husband’s intentions were????/
    she thought they were going camping or fishing, or maybe hunting???
    i said it before:
    i am a new yorker, i do not like , by no means, cruelty to human beings or animals- as in different species- but i am 100% for death penalty here in nyc, for such horrible crimes. start teaching these criminals a lesson, they are criminals, period.

  12. steve says:

    Can someone explain why, here in the people’s republic of New York, we don’t accept confessions and guilty pleas? The animal who killed the boy in Brooklyn is a good case– he’s confessed, right? How does he get to enter a “not guilty” plea? How do these two white trash druggy murderers enter “not guilty” when they’ve essentially confessed?

    1. GOING BONKERS says:

      Steve, it also bugles my mind how in the world if, Aron has confessed in writting and verbally on video how is it that the court system is now allowing a NOT guilty plea?????

      It just does not add up, makes no sense, at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      PLEASE SOME ONE EXPLAIN THIS IN LAYMANS TERMS OR I AM GONNA GO BONKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. alberta crumpnoodle says:

        does it boggle your mind or are you hearing trumpets?

    2. insane in the membrane says:

      beause he is insane

    3. Kaebel says:

      First there is a thing called the Constitution that within it gives us all , guilty or not the right to a trial, Secondly the State holds a responsibility to its people to properly prove the said individual is actually guilty of said crimes and is not an individual who may have placed himself or took blame for the situation so that he/she may become property of the state and be essentially taken care of on tax-payer money. Desperate times can lead to desperate matters. We’ve all heard stories of transients coming forward to accept blame for crimes they didn’t commit. Is it a stretch, maybe but the facts of the times is that we live in a very PC era. Everything must be taken with the proper steps to ensure civil/ unalienable liberties ( which is also granted to us in the D.O.I ) are not abused. It is our due process and it is a part of why this country stands out above the rest. Yes the system can have its flaws but it still needs to be done properly.

  13. rot in jail says:

    she deserves lif in prison you can tell he was not mastermind behind this .Only thing she is sorry about is being caught.Rot in hell .This is one time I wish I get jury duty

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