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CrimeTeaneck NJ man acquitted of double homicide sues state, Bergen County

19:50  13 august  2019
19:50  13 august  2019 Source:   northjersey.com

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A Teaneck man who was acquitted of the brutal slaying of a mother and her child is now suing the law enforcement officials who put him in jail for four years, claiming malicious prosecution and wrongful imprisonment.

On Aug. 5, Michael Brady filed a federal lawsuit against several state and county agencies and officials, alleging malicious prosecution and wrongful imprisonment when they charged him with the murder of Tam Marie Pitts-Gaddy, 40, and her daughter Natasia, 5, in 2013. After a judge set a $2 million bail, Brady, then a custodian at Leonia Middle School, was unable to pay and remained in jail for four years before being acquitted in 2017.

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The years imprisoned wrongfully and the aftermath caused Brady "permanent emotional trauma and injury," the suit said. The years in jail should never have happened, said William Pinillis, his attorney.

"You have a constitutional right to a speedy trial," Pinillis said. "In a case like this, where obviously there are questions, to leave someone in jail for four years before being ready to go for trial is fairly outrageous."

The lawsuit names the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, the Attorney General's Office, the county and the state. The suit also names former Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

A request for comment from the Attorney General's Office did not draw a response by publication time.

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A spokesperson for the Prosecutor’s Office declined to comment.

Molinelli said he had retired as the Bergen County prosecutor more than a year before Brady's trial began.

"I retired quite a long time before that case was even tried, so I really don't have any comment on it," said Molinelli, who stepped down as prosecutor in January 2016.

On Jan. 29, 2013, authorities discovered a gruesome scene at Pitts-Gaddy's Englewood apartment. Pitts-Gaddy was found stabbed to death in a bedroom, while Natasia was found smothered to death in a finished basement, the Prosecutor's Office said.

Authorities at the time said Brady killed Pitts-Gaddy, his girlfriend, as Natasia watched, and then Brady killed the 5-year-old-girl. A day later, Brady returned to the apartment with Pitts-Gaddy's relatives, feigning surprise when they found the two bodies, the prosecutor said at the time.

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Brady was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of second-degree weapon possession. After pleading not guilty in February 2013, he was jailed for years because he was unable to pay the $2 million bail.

In 2017, after a 30-day trial, it took the jury 90 minutes to render a not guilty verdict, the suit said.

'Exculpatory evidence'

Although ultimately acquitted, Brady claims in the suit that law enforcement disregarded other leads in the case, including bloody footprints and fingerprints that matched another man who had a prior relationship with Pitts-Gaddy.

But the Prosecutor's Office disregarded its expert's own analysis and even neglected to test DNA from a hair sample found in Pitts-Gaddy's hand at the scene, the suit said.

"And the prosecutor has an obligation not only to follow all the leads and exercise their prosecutorial discretion in the interest of justice — in terms of the way the evidence presents itself — but also in terms of being fair to the accused and making certain they're not held in jail for an exceedingly long period of time on nothing more than allegations," Pinillis said.

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This article originally appeared on North Jersey Record: Teaneck NJ man acquitted of double homicide sues state, Bergen County

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