Grand jury mulls charges in NY pharmacy shooting

June 27, 2011 - 5:14 AM
APTOPIX Pharmacy Shootings

Melinda Brady, wife of David Laffer, who is accused of killing four people in a pharmacy robbery is led into Suffolk County District Court on Friday, June 24, 2011, in Central Islip, New York. Brady was arraigned on charges of robbery and obstructing governmental administration in connection with the Father's Day shootings at Haven Drugs in Medford, on Long Island.(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A grand jury is expected to convene as early as Monday to consider upgraded or additional charges against a New York couple arrested in a fatal pharmacy robbery.

David Laffer, of Medford, and his wife Melinda Brady were arrested three days after four people were gunned down inside the Haven Drugs pharmacy on June 19. He is accused of first-degree murder and resisting arrest; she is charged with robbery and obstruction.

Brady has said in a police complaint that while they plotted the robbery, killing was not part of the plan.

Prosecutors said last week that upgraded or additional charges were possible when the case is presented to a grand jury.

A spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney declined to comment, noting grand jury proceedings are held in secret.