3rd murder indictment expected in December for inmates involved in deadly attempted prison escape

PASQUOTANK CO., Nc. – The four inmates involved in the deadly attempted prison escape in Pasquotank County did not appear in court as expected on Thursday.

The court explained that the scheduled probable cause hearing was not needed because the suspects were already indicted.

Authorities have charged 28-year-old Mikel Brady, 29-year-old Wisezah Buckman, 33-year-old Seth J. Frazier, and 30-year-old Jonathan M. Monk with two counts each of 1st Degree Murder for the deaths of Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correctional Enterprise Manager Veronica Darden.

They're also facing charges of felony riot and burning a public building.

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The inmates are accused of setting fire to a building and killing three employees and injuring several others last month in a failed attemped to escape.

They now will face an additional murder charge after another correctional officer died from her injuries on October 30.

The grand jury will meet on December 4 for the indictment in Shannon's death.

A fourth employee, Geoffrey Howe, is still in critical condition.

Prosecutors are also deciding if they will seek the death penalty.

Stay with News 3 for updates on today’s hearing.