DA: Inmate charged in deadly failed prison break wants to move trial


ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — One of the suspects in a deadly failed escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution wants to move the trial out of the county.

Four employees died following the October 2017 incident — Geoffrey Howe, Veronica Darden, Wendy Shannon and correctional officer Justin Smith.

An autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released earlier this year revealed the employees died from being hit or stabbed.

Four inmates involved in the failed escape — Wisezah Buckman, Jonathan Monk, Seth Frazier and Mikel Brady — were indicted on several charges, including first-degree murder.

District Attorney Andrew Womble tells WAVY.com now says the lawyer for Brady has filed a change of venue motion. Womble, meanwhile, is looking to keep the case in Pasquotank County — where he is looking to try all four defendants separately.

A judge is expected to rule on the motion in early January.

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