At trial, body cam footage, witnesses detail chaotic scene in deadly Pasquotank prison attack

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DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — On Monday, North Carolina prosecutors began to lay out the case against inmate Mikel Brady, who authorities say was involved in the deadly failed prison escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institute in 2017.

Brady could be given the death penalty if found guilty.

Prosecutors called one witness after another who talked about the chaos inside Pasquotank moments after the attempted escape.

Former Elizabeth City Police Officer William Davis got to the prison shortly after the call went out.

Davis had his body camera rolling as he ran in to help, and the jury got to see the gruesome scene.

He told the jury all he could smell was fresh blood when he arrived.

“I’ve seen a lot of stuff, but the one thing that has stuck with me from this case has been the smell and the odor,” Davis told the jury.  “I don’t know if anybody has ever smelled it and I hope nobody ever does, but the odor was just pure blood.”

Most of the 26 minutes of video footage were graphic, filled with scenes showing staff members giving aid to the employees who were badly beaten and stabbed.

Davis talked about the moments when he tried to save officers, only to learn they were already dead. Their necks had been cut.

“Correctional officers and people were just plugging holes with gauze and wounds and stuff like that,” Davis added.

Prosecutors say four inmates including Brady set fires in the prison’s sewing plant before attacking staff.

“Everything was so smoky and the water was murky,” said former prison nurse Michelle Godfrey.

Staff went from one victim to the next hoping they were still alive.

“Her whole face and head were covered in blood,” Godfrey added about one victim.

Four times there was nothing they could do.

“I felt at first when I went to open her airway my fingers literally went into her neck on the left side,” Godfrey added talking about Veronica Darden.  “That’s when I said her neck has been cut.”

Prosecutors say the inmates were captured outside. Brady is the first of the inmates to go on trial.

The trial is expected to take several weeks.

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(WAVY) Testimony continued Monday in the trial of an inmate authorities say was involved in a deadly failed prison escape.

Mikel Brady is accused of being part of the deadly attack at the Pasquotank Correctional facility in 2017. Four prison employees were killed in the escape attempt.

Prosecutors have begun to lay out their case. They are calling up witnesses, who have described the scene inside the Pasquotank Correctional Institution as a blood-filled chaotic scene.

First to testify Monday was an Elizabeth City police officer, who told the jury all he could smell was fresh blood when he arrived on the scene. He talked about the moments when he tried to save officers, only to learn they were already dead. Their necks had been cut.

The jury then watched the officer’s body camera video of the gruesome scene. Prosecutors say this was the ending of a deadly prison escape caused by four inmates.

One of those inmates, Mikel Brady, is who is currently on trial. He could be given the death penalty if found guilty.

The trial is expected to take several weeks.

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DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — For the last four days prosecutors and the defense have grilled potential jurors in Dare County in an effort to find 16 who will be fair and impartial.

That jury in the Mikel Brady case will be made up of twelve people, along with four alternates, and is expected to hear at least three weeks of testimony connected to the deadly Pasquotank prison escape attempt in 2017.

On Thursday in court, it was revealed there could be 70 witnesses to take the stand in this high-profile murder trial.

The defendant, Mikel Brady, is accused of killing four Pasquotank Correctional Institute employees in the failed escape attempt in October 2017.

Brady is the first of four former inmates accused of the crime to go to trial.

If found guilty, he could be given the death penalty.

The process of finding a jury has been extra difficult because this is a case involving the death penalty.

There are people on both sides who are very passionate about giving that sort of punishment. It’s also been hard to find people in Dare County who haven’t heard about the case and haven’t formed an opinion on whether Mikel Brady is innocent or guilty.

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