Accused quadruple killer invited for jury duty

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Posted: Jul 07, 2011 3:38 PM
Accused quadruple killer invited for jury duty

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An accused gunman in a quadruple killing was called for jury duty on Long Island and he politely declined, telling authorities he was in jail.

David Laffer, 33, in a handwritten letter to Suffolk County Commissioner of Jurors Michael O'Donohue, said that he was currently on call for possible jury duty but might not be available for quite some time due to his incarceration for the June 19 killings.

"I have recently (as of 23 Jun) been arrested and am currently detained at Riverhead Correctional Facility on some very serious felony charges," Laffer wrote in the June 28 letter, which was received on Wednesday.

"I simply wished to relay this to you, so that I do not get into any further legal troubles."

Suffolk County court officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Laffer is accused of gunning down two employees and two customers while robbing prescription painkillers from a pharmacy in Medford, New York on June 19. Among the victims was an 18-year-old high school student just days from her graduation and a 33-year-old woman engaged to be married.

Laffer's wife, Melinda Brady, 29, who was allegedly in the getaway car outside the pharmacy, was charged with third-degree robbery and obstructing governmental administration.

Suffolk County voting authorities said Laffer was selected for jury duty before he was accused of the pharmacy killings.

(Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr.; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)