Pregnant girlfriend of alleged trooper shooter to be released on bond
Posted May 6, 2013
Durham, N.C. — 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.