Shelter says they turned away quadruple homicide suspect last winter

January 02, 2018 07:01 PM

The executive director of the Schenectady City Mission says he wouldn't allow one of the suspects in last month's Troy quadruple homicide to stay at his facility, because he was too violent.

It was last winter when then 37-year-old James White stopped by the Schenectady City Mission looking for a place to stay and hoping for a hot meal. Unfortunately, things didn't work out – and they turned tragic.


Mr. White's life spiraled out of control to the point where he was arraigned Saturday morning in Troy for the horrific murder of four people. In addition, his alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Justin Mann, is also facing the same charges in the quadruple homicide.

White served 8 ½ years for manslaughter. When he arrived at the City Mission in Schenectady last winter, he apparently still showed signs of anger management issues, because the people at the mission say he was combative and disruptive and they say they had no other choice, other than to ask him to leave.

"There are just some times people that just don't fit in anywhere and you don't know what they're capable of. In this case, we knew this man had done prison time for manslaughter and so you're aware of that, but I don't think anybody imagined, ever, something like this could happen," pointed out Michael Saccocio, the City Mission of Schenectady executive director.

Meanwhile, just up the street from the City Mission is where Mann lived. A woman named Loretta, who lived next door to him since he was released from prison, says he has always been friendly, polite and helped her with her chores.

"If somebody had said to me, 'That kid over there is a murderer,' I would have said, 'No, no, not him,'" she explained.

White and Mann are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Troy on Thursday morning.


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