PORTSMOUTH — Former police commissioner Brenna Cavanaugh has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging attempted first-degree assault and criminal mischief related to an August shooting in Summer Street.
Represented by Hampton attorney Michael Zaino, she waived arraignment in Rockingham County Superior Court and her bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance, according to the court. Reached Thursday, Zaino said he had no comment about the case at this time.
Cavanaugh, 43, of 140 Summer St., is scheduled for a Feb 5 dispositional conference, also in the Superior Court.
She was charged by indictment in November with one count alleging she acted “in concert with or aided by” (her partner) Mark Gray to cause six bullets to be fired in the direction of a person identified by initials and whose birth year is cited as 2002, causing more than $1,500 in damage. The second indictment alleges Cavanaugh committed the crime of criminal mischief by acting with Gray to cause the bullets to be fired at a vehicle and caused damage in excess of $1,500 to a vehicle.
Gray, 44, of the same address, was indicted for five charges and is scheduled for a Jan. 22 dispositional conference. He is represented by Portsmouth attorney Alan Cronheim and also pleaded not guilty.
Police alleged Gray fired the shots at a teenager who entered Gray’s home at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 18, mistakenly thinking there was a party there. The shots were fired in the street while the teen was fleeing, police said.
Cavanaugh previously said in a statement the teen was driving toward her and Gray when the shots were fired.