Suspect in Medford massacre pleads not guilty

CENTRAL ISLIP - The Medford man suspected of killing four people during a pharmacy robbery was arraigned today on charges of first-degree murder and resisting arrest.

David Laffer, 33, appeared gaunt and disheveled as he left the lockup where he spent the night after his arrest yesterday. Detectives walked him out of the Fifth Precinct in handcuffs and shackles on the way to court.

During the arraignment, Chief Prosecutor John Collins called the massacre that left four people dead the worst he had ever seen.

Daniel Taccetta, the brother of one of the victims, attended the court appearance, but was ejected after yelling at Laffer, "You're a coward for what you did to those families."

Prosecutors say last Sunday, Laffer went into Haven Drugs and seemed to be having a normal conservation with pharmacist Raymond Ferguson when he pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and shot him.

He then fired two shots at 17-year-old Jennifer Mejia, an employee, killing her, prosecutors say. Assistant District Attorney Jim Chalfoix says Laffer's next victims were two customers, Jaime Taccetta and Bryon Sheffield, who were shot at close range from behind.

Laffer's attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and requested bail, noting that Laffer had lived his entire life in Suffolk County and had never committed a crime. The judge refused bail and ordered Laffer back to jail pending a grand jury hearing.

Laffer is due back in court June 28, at which time he could face a grand jury indictment of first-degree murder.For a news conference on the arrests in the Medford slayings, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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