Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

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

James W. White Justin C. Mann James W. White Justin C. Mann victims Shanta Myers and her two youngest children. Image via GoFundme
Edmund Robinson | 02 January, 2018, 12:20

It wasn't until Tuesday, five days later, that a property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells in a basement apartment along the Hudson River, just north of Albany.

Mann, 24, and James W. White, 38, appeared in the Troy City Court, where officials said each was arraigned for one count of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder. Both men will have preliminary hearings on Thursday, Jan 4th after pleading not guilty on 4 counts of 1st and 2nd degree murder charges. Information given in court said the killings took place at about 9 p.m., December 21. The suspects were sent to the Rensselaer County Jail to await their next court appearance, on Thursday.

The two women were in a relationship, Tedesco said.

Troy Police credited the arrests to the work of Troy Police Detectives, the NYSP Major Crimes Unite, NYS DOCCS, the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office and several other law enforcement agencies.




At the scene, police recovered a knife with blood on both the handle and the blade located on a ledge near a closet close to the victims. Myers had a 15-year-old son who was out of town on a retreat at the time of the murders.

The Times Union reported that the two children were discovered together, kneeling with their heads and chests on a bed. Police say motive still under investigation - Chief says one defendant knew one of the victims.

Department of Corrections records show Mann was released on parole in June.

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this", Tedesco said. "I'm not sure if they're coming for me next". It's not yet clear what led police to Mann and White.

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