Two suspects have been arrested in a quadruple homicide in upstate New York
Justin Mann, 24, and James White, 38, entered ‘not guilty’ pleas on SaturdaThey face four counts of second-degree and one count of first-degree murder
Both of their preliminary hearings will be held on January 4 in Troy City CourtIsaiah Smith, 15, was the sole survivor of the grisly murder in his family home
His mother, 36, her partner, 22, and his siblings, five and 11, were killed their bodies were discovered just before 1pm on Tuesday in Troy, New York
Police say it’s not a random act of violence; bodies found with throats slashed
They say the family appear to have been targeted for an unknown reason
Troy Police Chief said murders were an abominable act of ‘savagery’
Two people have been arrested in the quadruple homicide that took the lives of two women and two children in their upstate New York apartment.
Justin Mann, 24, and James White, 38, were arraigned in Troy City Court around 8.30am Saturday after being arrested Friday night. Both men face four counts each of second-degree and one count each of first-degree murder.
According to CBS 6’s Steve Maugeri, both Mann and White have entered ‘not guilty’ pleas. Their preliminary hearings will be held January 4.
Isaiah Smith, 15, who was not home at the time was the sole survivor of the homicide in Troy.
The teenager’s mother Shanta Myers, 36; his brother Jeremiah, 11; and sister, Shanise, five, were found tied up with their throats slashed alongside Shanta’s lesbian girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22, inside their basement apartment on Tuesday by the building’s property manager.
Troy Police Chief James Tedesco revealed at a press conference on Saturday morning that the crime appeared to have been committed around 9pm on December 21 – meaning the victims had been dead for nearly five days.
Justin Mann, 24 (left and James White, were arrested in the quadruple homicide that took the lives of two women and two children in their upstate New York apartment
Mann (front, center) and White (back, in white) face four charges each of second-degree murder and one charge each of first-degree murder
Police say the family appear to have been targeted by Mann (left) and White (right) an unknown reason. The Troy Police Department will hold a press conference with further details about the case at 11a
Both men have entered pleas of ‘not guilty’ in the murders of Shanta Myers, 36, (pictured left) her lesbian girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22, and Shanta’s two children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanise, five, (pictured). They were found tied up with their throats slashed inside an apartment in Troy, New York on Tuesday
Shanta Myers, 36, (left) and her lesbian girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22 (right) were found murdered in what police have described is an act of blatant ‘savagery.
According to Chief Tedesco, Mann is on parole and both have criminal records. However, he did not reveal what previous charges the men had faced.
Additionally, it was revealed that one of the defendants was acquainted with one of the victims but further information could not be given ‘because the investigation is ongoing’.
District Attorney Joel Abelove said that during the arraignment the defendants were given notices of intent to present the case to a grand jury
Being convicted of the first-degree murder charge comes with a maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.Isaiah, the sole survivor of the crime who was away in Massachusetts, said he was scared that the suspects were ‘coming for [him] next,’ he told the Times Union.Speaking about the moment he found out about his family he said ‘Couldn’t believe it. Heartbroken. I fell down to the ground right in the bathroom and cried thinking who would’ve done this?’ reported CBS6.
Before the arrests, his aunt Shakera Symes, the sister of 36-year-old victim Shanta, appealed to the public. ‘Give the information to the authorities so that they can help find the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally. It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds,’ she said.
‘My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them for Christmas. And I got robbed of that,’ she emotionally told reporters.
Isaiah Smith, the sole survivor of the family, said he was terrified for his safety and is even ‘scared to go to the corner store.
Based on evidence uncovered in the course of the investigation, police do not believe there is imminent danger to the community.
Troy Police Captain Daniel DeWolf said earlier that the deaths were ‘certainly suspicious.’
The unit where the bodies were found is one of five in a home located in a residential neighborhood along the Hudson River’s east bank, just north of Albany.