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Two men arraigned in Troy quadruple homicide

31 December, 2017, 04:09 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Troy PD investigating quadruple homicide

Police announced two persons were being questioned late Friday and just after 2:00 a.m. Saturday announced two arrests.

Justin Mann, 24, left, and James White, 38, right, have been arrested for murder.

Police Chief John Tedesco told AP that he has "never seen savagery like this" in 43 years of law enforcement. He declined to elaborate.

A lesbian couple and their two children have been found murdered, bound and with their throats slashed. The victims were found Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 in the basement apartment of their Troy, N.Y. home.

Officials said, the initial crime took place around 9 p.m., December 21. Meyers and Mells became engaged earlier this year, Mells' cousin, Sharonda Bennett, told the newspaper.

They also would not say how the defendants know each other, but said that both have records and Mann is on parole.

Jeremiah participated in the Troy Boys & Girls Club, which has partnered with the Troy City School District to offer grief counseling.

The Times-Union reports that Mann appeared to break down as he was led out of court. A man and a woman in the courtroom became visibly distraught. Neither man said anything as the charges were read.

He said the motive was unknown, adding that police were confident there would be no further arrests but that "it's certainly open as we continue".

"I don't have to tell you what a good feeling it is to have these two in custody", he said. "It's a great relief". She said the whole family is heartbroken over the brutal crime.

Tips can be called in to the police department directly at 518-270-4421, or anonymously online at CapitalRegionCrimeStoppers.com. Both men will have preliminary hearings on Thursday, Jan 4th after pleading not guilty on 4 counts of 1st and 2nd degree murder charges. Both suspects, from Schenectady, New York, were arraigned in Troy City Court on Saturday, with the next court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

Pictured, Troy, NY mother of three Shanta Myers, 36, (left) and her same sex girlfriend Brandi Mells.James W. White Justin C. Mann victims: Shanta Myers and her two youngest children.


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