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Bond stays at $1.5M for girlfriend charged in trooper shooting

Posted February 21, 2013

— The pregnant girlfriend of the man accused of shooting a North Carolina state trooper made her first appearance in court Thursday morning to face charges in connection to the case.

Lyndsey Smith, 21, of Durham, is charged with accessory after the fact to assault with a deadly weapon and harboring a fugitive. She was arrested Wednesday afternoon is being held in the Durham County jail.

With her family members sobbing in the front row, Smith told a judge that she is seven months pregnant, had been in town only a few months and was not working. Her relatives were in town for support, she said.

Although she has no prior record, the judge did not reduce her bond, which remains at $1.5 million. Smith’s next court appearance was set for March 13.

A search warrant released Thursday showed surveillance video from the trooper's patrol car, as well as surveillance video from a Durham restaurant and check cashing store, helped investigators identify Smith and her boyfriend, Mikel Edward Brady, 23.

Police say Smith picked up Brady after the shooting Monday evening and helped him evade authorities.

Brady, of 800 White Pine Drive, allegedly shot Trooper Michael L. Potts in his hands, right shoulder and the right side of his face during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 70 near Cheek Road in Durham.

He fled the scene in a black Nissan Maxima and then ditched that car behind a Mexican restaurant on North Roxboro Street, where Smith allegedly came to get him in a white Honda Prelude.

Using the vehicle identification number, investigators traced the Maxima back to CBS Quality Cars on Highway 70, where Smith purchased the vehicle in January.

Employees at the car lot told investigators that Smith and "her husband, identified as Mike," came to the dealership in a white Honda Prelude. The couple was also seen on security video, according to the warrant.

Brady, who is from Randolph, Vt., was arrested Tuesday at an apartment complex in Raleigh and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

He was in the Durham County jail Wednesday under an $8 million bond, as well as a $2.5 million bond on a felony absconder charge in Vermont.

Potts was released Thursday from Duke University Hospital.

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  • CandyParamedic Feb 28, 11:43 a.m.

    These double standards in bond exist everywhere, not just when police are victims. A quick read on WRAL over a six month period will leave you scratching your head in dismay.

    That being said, I think there IS a greater seriousness to a crime against police. Before GOLO readers pummel me, I am NOT saying that their lives are worth anymore than the average citizen. What I am saying is that someone who will shoot or otherwise attempt to kill a police officer demonstrates the highest level of disregard for the law and society as a whole. If you will kill a cop you won't even hesitate before you kill anyone else who gets in your way. Cop killers are especially dangerous in that you rarely ever see a person whose only crime is shooting a cop. They typically have long very violent rap sheets, like Brady. Lack of respect for life and lack of respect for the laws of society culminates in cop shooting.

  • Pepe Silvia Feb 22, 12:06 p.m.

    "I am no legal scholar but I think her 8th amendment right was violated with this excessive bond. The 8th amendment has been incorporated against the states." - trekkie13

    There is a lot more to her involvement than is being released to the general public.

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 21, 5:59 p.m.

    "Are we as a society saying that because you wear a uniform your life is somehow more worthy than a regular citizen? Creating two classes of individuals? Government workers and then the rest of us?" nighttrain2010

    Society is not saying there are 2 classes, you are. Over and over again.

  • trekkie13 Feb 21, 5:41 p.m.

    I am no legal scholar but I think her 8th amendment right was violated with this excessive bond. The 8th amendment has been incorporated against the states.

  • nighttrain2010 Feb 21, 5:18 p.m.

    werrewolfwoman - you do realize that under any other circumstances of attempted murder, even with a 'flight risk', the bail wouldn't be $8 million dollars right? Let alone an accessory after the fact be $1.5 million? The ONLY reason it is so high is because the victim was a police officer. Are we as a society saying that because you wear a uniform your life is somehow more worthy than a regular citizen? Creating two classes of individuals? Government workers and then the rest of us?

  • Cee-Lo Feb 21, 5:08 p.m.

    yall are talking about double standards,what about the guy that stole an old ladies purse while she fell asleep in walmart and he got a 1 million bond.....i think all of them should be in jail....but it always depend on who the criminals have to face at the hearing and the publics outcry.....some people kill 1 person and get the death penalty some people kill 10 people and get life in prison.....go figure

  • disgusted2010 Feb 21, 4:39 p.m.

    Actually I'm only talking about the girlfriend who was an accessory AFTER the fact, so yes I see a difference. She actually didn't commit that horrendous a crime comparatively to Mangum or her boyfriend. $50k bond at best for the girlfriend.
    nighttrain2010

    Get elected as a Judge and then you will get to make these decisions.

  • werrewolfwoman Feb 21, 4:23 p.m.

    nighttrain2010-You do realize she is just as guilty as he is under the definition of the law? If she'll hide a potential murderer (he didn't know whether he killed the officer or not) she's capable of just about anything. I think her bond should be as high as his.

  • nighttrain2010 Feb 21, 4:09 p.m.

    >> The other shot a Trooper in the face for no reason and is an absconder from parole supervision from Vermont and hid after his crime. Now see the difference? - subanitov

    Actually I'm only talking about the girlfriend who was an accessory AFTER the fact, so yes I see a difference. She actually didn't commit that horrendous a crime comparatively to Mangum or her boyfriend. $50k bond at best for the girlfriend.

  • North Carolina Cutie Feb 21, 3:33 p.m.

    She should not have picked him up. That was dumb on her part. She had to know he was in trobled if he called her to get him when he was driving himself.

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