Four inmates charged with first-degree murder in prison workers' deaths

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From staff, wire reports

Friday, October 20, 2017

Four prison inmates have each been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two prison workers in last week’s failed escape attempt from Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

Wisezah Buckman, 29, Mikel Brady, 28, Seth J. Frasier, 33, and Johnathan M. Monk, 30, have all been charged in the deaths of N.C. Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden and Correctional Officer Justin Smith in the inmates’ failed escape from the prison on Oct. 12, law enforcement officials announced today.

At a press conference, Cartwright wouldn’t describe the relationship among the four inmates or provide any new details of their plan, except to say that investigators had found no tunnels.

Brady was already serving time for attempted murder after shooting a state trooper who pulled him over in Durham in 2013. He was a fugitive, wanted in Vermont on a probation violation, when he shot the trooper at close range in the face, hands and right shoulder.

Buckman, of Charlotte, was convicted of murder after fatally shooting one co-worker and wounding another in a 2014 dispute.

Monk was a Fort Bragg soldier who broke into the home of a sergeant with whom he had a conflict in 2011, and then surprised the sergeant’s wife, slashing and stabbing her with a kitchen knife. She survived and Monk was convicted of attempted murder.

Frazier, a convicted sex offender, was serving time for burglary after breaking into a home near the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in 2011 and surprising a teenage girl in her bed.

All four have been transferred to maximum-security prisons near Raleigh. A grand jury will consider additional charges on Oct. 30, Cartwright said.