Suspect in Quadruple Homicide Knew One of the Victims, Police Say

02 January, 2018, 12:22 | Author: Harriet Bell
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In a Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 file photo, Troy police investigate multiple deaths at 158 Second Ave., in Troy, N.Y. Officials announced early Saturday, Dec. 30 that two people have been arrested in the quadruple homicide that took the lives of two women and two children in their Troy, N.Y. apartment.

A property manager discovered the bodies of Shanta Myers, 36, her 5-year-old daughter Shanise, her 11-year-old son Jeremiah, and her partner, Brandi Mells, 22, in their basement apartment while conducting a wellness check the day after Christmas. James White has been charged with four counts of second-degree murder.

While police refused to answer questions during a Saturday press gathering, Police revealed both men having records with Mann on parole.

According to The Washington Post, the murder took place on December 21. Myers had a 15-year-old son who was out of town on a retreat at the time of the murders.

Police haven't released details of the killings, but Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said earlier this week that he couldn't describe the "savagery" of the killer. She said the whole family is heartbroken over the brutal crime.

"I don't have to tell you what a good feeling it is to have these two in custody", said Tedesco.

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Police have said a preliminary investigation of the crime scene suggested the victims were targeted. More than two dozen people were in court Saturday, some wearing Troy Boys & Girls club sweatshirts.

They have been remanded to Rensselaer County Jail without bail.

Adding, "I'm scared to go to the corner store".

The suspects are slated to appear in court January 4, 2018.

Told the teen via the Times Union, 'I'm not sure if they're coming for me next.' . Mann appeared to break down as he was led out of court.

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