Indictment unsealed in Troy quadruple homicide
January 05, 2018 06:21 PM
The two suspects in Troy's quadruple homicide have been indicted. Justin Mann and James White were arraigned on a 17 count indictment.
Justin Mann and James White both faced the judge in a Rensselaer County courtroom.
"There was enough evidence to charge the defendants with 17 counts. Numerous counts of murder 1, murder 2, robbery, burglary and possession of stolen property," said Rensselaer County DA Joel Ablelove.
Mann and White are accused of brutally killing a mother, her two children and her partner on December 21. The bodies of Shanta Myers, 36, her children Jeremiah and Shanise, and her partner Brandi Mells, were discovered the day after Christmas in their Second Avenue basement apartment in Troy. The details in the indictment revealed it was a robbery gone bad. The suspects allegedly stole a flat-screen TV and an Xbox game console in the process of killing the victims. Abelove said the family is looking forward to justice in the courtroom.
"I know they're pleased the grand jury found an indictment. They're happy the case is moving forward. They're still in a very much a grieving phase," Abelove said.
At first, there were some issues because the suspects did not get a preliminary hearing in the time allowable by law. As a result of the procedural problem, White's attorney asked he be released during a bail hearing. That was denied.
"This kind of tactic was impermissible. It's not binding on this judge. But it was something she could review and consider. She reviewed it and considered it and she took a different position," said Greg Cholakis, White's attorney.
But within hours of that hearing, the grand jury in the case came back with an indictment. Mann and White were back in court for the arraignment. They pleaded not guilty to the charges. They're locked up without bail. If convicted, they face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Updated: January 05, 2018 06:21 PM
Created: January 05, 2018 02:29 PM
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