RIVERHEAD - Charges against the wife of the accused Medford pharmacy killer were upgraded today from third- to first-degree robbery.
Police say Melinda Brady drove the getaway car after her husband, David Laffer, shot four people in cold blood to steal prescription drugs from a pharmacy. Brady faces five to 25 years in prison.
Many of the victims' friends and relatives who were present during the indictment were shocked that Brady isn't going to face any charges related to the killings. However, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota says there was not enough evidence to charge her with murder.
"We cannot legally prove that she knew her husband was armed with a deadly weapon when he went into the store, and we cannot prove that she knew he intended to cause the death of the four victims," he says.
Spota also released new details from the investigation, among them the discovery of an additional 1,000 hydrocodone pills inside the couple's Medford home last week.
The judge ordered that Brady be held without bail. She's due back in court Sept. 22, when her husband is also set to appear before a judge.
Laffer faces five counts of first-degree murder.
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