MOORHEAD - The woman accused of trying to shoot a Minnesota State Patrol in March is now demanding a jury trial, according to court records.
Melody Gray, 30, of Milwaukee, waived her omnibus hearing and pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree attempted murder of a peace officer, possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property in Clay County District Court Thursday, July 19, court records show. She is demanding a jury trial, the date for which is still to be determined.
Court documents show the defense plans on using a "duress" defense at the trial. According to North Dakota Century Code, a "duress" defense means the defendant admits to committing the crime but did so because they were compelled to by threat of death or serious bodily harm.
According to court documents, Gray and a companion, 29-year-old Domonique Crayton, slid their car into the Interstate 94 median a few miles east of Moorhead about 10:10 a.m. Monday, March 5.
When Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Mark Peterson arrived to assist Gray and Crayton, he learned the car had been stolen in Germantown, Wis., and positioned his car to prevent them from driving away.
Peterson asked Crayton to get out of the car and attempted to cuff him; Gray allegedly got out of the driver's seat and pointed a 9mm handgun at Peterson's head, court records show.
The gun did not fire. Peterson put Crayton on the ground and as Gray tried to manipulate the handgun, he fired his gun at Gray and hit her in the right arm, court documents said.
Gray ran across I-94 and into a field, where she collapsed. Both Gray and Crayton were taken into custody.
Crayton had a warrant out from Milwaukee, Wis., for felony charges of kidnapping, human trafficking, second degree sexual assault and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He was extradited in May to Milwaukee and is currently being held at Milwaukee County Jail.