Charged wife: No murder plan in NY pharmacy holdup

By FRANK ELTMAN | June 24, 2011 | 4:00 PM EDT

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)

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A woman whose husband is accused of gunning down four people in a New York pharmacy store holdup for painkillers told authorities she had discussed a plan to rob the store, but it didn't include talk of killing anyone.

Melinda Brady was ordered held on $1.5 million bond at her arraignment Friday on robbery and obstruction charges. Her court-appointed attorney says she denies the charges.

Her husband, David Laffer, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killings June 19 at a pharmacy in Medford, on Long Island.

A police department complaint says Brady admitted planning the robbery with her husband the night before but said she believed Laffer "would only threaten the pharmacist to steal drugs."

Funerals were held Friday for the youngest and oldest victims.