Police in New York have arrested two men in connection to a quadruple homicide, which included two women and two children. Justin C. Mann and James W. White pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Saturday in Troy.
On Tuesday, four people were found dead in the basement of a multi-tenant building in upstate New York, in the city’s Lansingburgh neighborhood. A property manager found the bodies, according to Troy Police Capt. Daniel DeWolf.
As DML News reported, immediately after the bodies were discovered, DeWolf said the deaths were “certainly suspicious” and that police were treating the them as homicides.
The victims were 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells. Police say the two women were in a relationship, according to the Associated Press.
Mann and White were each charged with a count of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder, according to police.
The Times Union reports: “Police officers discovered all four victims had their hands and ankles bound and appeared to have had their throats cut. The two children were found together in a kneeling position with their heads and chests on a bed. The body of one of the women was on a mattress on the floor, and the fourth victim was nearby, also face down but covered with a sheet.”
Police Chief John Tedesco said of the killings that he has “never seen savagery like this” in 42 years in law enforcement.
Police recovered a bloody knife at the scene, located in a closet, and a second knife on a bed, both weapons in close proximity to the victims.
Information presented in court on Saturday revealed that the killings took place near 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21., in the quiet neighborhood along the Hudson River, in an apartment at 158 Second Ave.
The suspects are both from Schenectady, and police began focusing on them after reviewing footage from security cameras in Troy, sources told the Times Union.
Both men are being held in county jail.
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