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Pregnant girlfriend of alleged trooper shooter to be released on bond

Posted May 6, 2013

— A Superior Court judge on Monday changed the bond conditions for the pregnant girlfriend of a man accused of shooting a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper so that she can be released from jail to give birth.

Lyndsey Smith, 21, is charged with accessory after the fact to assault with a deadly weapon and harboring a fugitive in connection with the Feb. 18 shooting of Trooper Michael Potts.

She was initially jailed under a $1.5 million secured bond, but Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson changed the amount to an unsecured bond, meaning Smith can be released from jail without having to pay any money.

Smith is 36 to 38 weeks pregnant, and her defense attorney, Amos Tyndall, said she is neither a flight risk nor danger to the public. It is in her best interest, he said, to be placed under house arrest in Vermont, where her family lives.

Under the conditions of her release, which could happen as early as Tuesday afternoon, Smith must wear a GPS-monitoring device and pay the $450 monthly costs associated with it. She will also be under a 6 p.m. daily curfew.

Prosecutors say Smith picked up her boyfriend, Mikel Edward Brady, and helped him evade authorities after he allegedly shot Potts in his hands, right shoulder and the right side of his face during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 70 in Durham.

Brady, who is in jail under a $2 million secured bond, sped away from the scene but was arrested the following morning on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Potts, who was present for the Monday's hearing, had stopped Brady for a seat belt violation.

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  • riverlover May 7, 4:53 p.m.

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!!!! "it is in her best interest" to go home to be with her family?????!!!!! It was not in Officer Potts' best interest to be shot in the face!! Orlando is a JOKE!!!! I won't even to give him the respect to refer to him as a judge...he is a sham and a joke!!

  • mike honcho May 7, 10:18 a.m.

    Way to go Orlando....a slap in the face of all LEO's.

  • greeneyes000032 May 7, 8:16 a.m.

    I saw lets get Orlando Hudson off the bench if he dont got anymore respect than that for our law enforcement that's out there putting their lives at risk to protect us.Remember at re-election vote No for Orlando!!! I know a girl personally that had twins while she was in jail and deliver it them Central Prison

  • Vietnam Vet May 6, 6:03 p.m.

    An accessory to a deadly weapon assault on a peace officer being released from prison to give birth?? Really??? Why can't she have her baby in the new Central Prison Hospital they just built?
    Our legal system just doesn't get it anymore!!

  • MadMaxx May 6, 5:51 p.m.

    let the little baby be born out of a cell, then given to social services to be adopted by a decent family and taught right from wrong and grow into a decent law abiding person, but no, the courts will allow the parents, felons, raise him until he can be put in prison for no home training.

  • SaltlifeLady May 6, 5:14 p.m.

    its not even safe for her to fly at this point. How is she supposed to get home to Vermont?

  • thepeopleschamp May 6, 5:05 p.m.

    Each time I read the name "Judge Orlando Hudson" soon follow the words "released" or "charges dismissed".

  • lrakydarb2 May 6, 4:55 p.m.

    If she is "free", he should be "free". Who cares if she is pregnant. She should have thought about that prior to assisting a murderer.

  • werrewolfwoman May 6, 4:27 p.m.

    What a slap in the face to the trooper who was almost killed! There is absolutely no justification for going from a $1.5 million bond to an unsecured bond. She is just as guilty as the boyfriend she picked up after he almost killed that trooper. We don't have a justice system in this country anymore. There is absolutely no reason she can't stay in jail until she goes into labor. The next thing you know her boyfriend will get and Hudson will let him out too!

  • Sherlock May 6, 3:48 p.m.

    Makes sense, but she will not be back...

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