Man accused of shooting trooper held under $10.5 million bond

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 07:36 PM

Mikel Edward Brady, accused of shooting N.C. Trooper Michael Potts Monday night, will continue to be held in the Durham County Jail under an $8 million bond, as well as an additional fugitive bond of $2.5 million.

Brady, 23, made his first appearance in the special courtroom at the Durham County Jail Wednesday morning.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Jones told District Court Judge William Marsh III that Brady was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and was also being held on an escape charge from Vermont.

Marsh did not change the magistrate’s bond of $8 million for the assault charge, and he  added an additional bond of $2.5 million for the fugitive charge.

Brady is accused of absconding from a probationary program in Vermont.

“More likely than not, you’ll have to deal with your North Carolina charges prior to any consideration of your return to Vermont,” Marsh told Brady.

Marsh also assigned the Public Defender’s Office to represent him, and Lawrence Campbell, the Durham County Public Defender appeared in the courtroom for the hearing. The judge pointed out Campbell to Brady.

Brady is charged with shooting and wounding Potts after the trooper pulled Brady over on U.S. 70 near Cheek Road Monday evening because Brady allegedly was not wearing a seatbelt.

When Brady walked up to speak to Brady, Brady allegedly fired at Potts, hitting him in the face, shoulder, hand and fingers. Potts is expected to recover from his wounds.

Jones told Marsh about Brady’s record, saying it started in Vermont in 2006.

Vermont Corrections Department officials said his history would not have led them to believe he would end up being charged with shooting a law enforcement officer, the Associated Press reported.

"There was nothing in his past that would lead you to believe he was going to be pulled over on the side of the road and randomly shoot a cop four times. That's completely random given that he has some burglary charges and he was caught shooting a deer decoy," Vermont Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito told the AP. He has ordered a review of the handling of Brady's case.

Brady's criminal record includes convictions for burglary and grand larceny, the Associated Press report noted. He also has a federal conviction for possession of stolen dynamite. His most recent arrest was last fall when he was charged with poaching deer.

In 2009, Brady fled Vermont while free on bail on charges he and another man forced their way into a home by breaking a glass door with baseball bats, assaulting two residents with the bats, trying them up and stealing the contents of a safe.

He was returned to Vermont after being arrested in Mexico by U.S. marshals working with Mexican counterparts.

He was released from prison in June after 28 months. Until he disappeared in October after he was charged with poaching, he was complying with the terms of his probation, officials said.

Bill Soule, the district manager for the Vermont parole office that oversaw Brady's case, said he didn't understand Brady's alleged actions.

"Human behavior is incredibly difficult to predict, and obviously, we were really taken aback by what happened," Soule said. "We didn't see it coming down the pipe. We were quite surprised."