Inmates in deadly Pasquotank prison attack appear in court

PASQUOTANK COUNTY, N.C. - Four Pasquotank Correctional Institute inmates charged in a brutal and deadly prison attack faced a judge Thursday morning.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Mikel Brady, 28, Wisezah Buckman, 29, Seth J. Frazier, 33, and Jonathan M. Monk, 30.

Wisezah Buchman was not in court Thursday, because it was said his attorneys were in another county on a different trial.

District Attorney Andrew Womble says the plan right now is that all four inmates being charged have separate trials.

The inmates are all facing first degree murder charges.

They're accused of killing four employees during a prison escape attempt back in October.

The incident occurred Thursday, October 12 around 3 p.m. when officials say inmates started a fire around 3 p.m. in the facility's Specialty Sewing Plant, where about 30 inmates work producing embroidered logo items, safety vests and other sewn items. After the fire was set, several inmates unsuccessfully attempted to escape.

The attack was so intense, some employees locked themselves inside offices.

According to court documents, the prisoners were attacking workers with hammers and screw drivers.

The men are also facing charges of felony riot and burning a public building.

Womble says August 30th Brady will be back in court where a trial judge will be selected and all motions will be filed.

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