Pharmacy Murder Suspect Begs Out of Jury Duty And he made sure to write in and request permission By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jul 8, 2011 12:58 PM CDT 4 comments Comments In this June 23, 2011 file photo, David Laffer is escorted out of a police station in Patchogue, NY. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) (Newser) – As jury duty excuses go, being in jail awaiting trial for quadruple homicide is pretty solid. David Laffer, the man accused of killing four people in a Long Island pharmacy last month, was supposed to show up for jury duty on June 24, the day after his arrest, the Wall Street Journal reports. Laffer wrote a letter from jail on the 28th explaining his predicament and asking, politely, to be excused. “I simply wish to relay this information to you, so that I do not get into any further legal troubles,” he explains.