TROY- Two Schenectady men were charged Saturday morning for a quadruple murder in Troy, New York.
Justin C. 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.
The two pleaded not guilty to the crime.
A local Albany newspaper reported, John Tedesco, Troy Police Chief said one of the defendants knew one of the victims. He declined to elaborate.
“I don’t have to tell you what a good feeling it is to have these two in custody,” said Tedesco. “It’s a great relief.”
Both Mann and White have been charged with murder in the deaths of two women and two children who were found dead in their Troy apartment.
Officials said, the initial crime took place around 9 p.m., Dec. 21. It wasn’t until Tuesday, five days later, that the 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. Police said Myers and Mells were in a relationship.
Tedesco and District Attorney Joel Abelove, who appeared at a press conference Saturday morning, declined to answer questions about a possible motive and the method of the killings.
They also wouldn’t say how the defendants know each other, but said that both have records and Mann is on parole.
More than two dozens people were inside the Troy City Court on Saturday morning, wearing Troy Boys and Girls club sweatshirts.
It has been reported that Mann broke down as he was being led out of court.
The suspects were sent to the Rensselaer County Jail to await their next court appearance, on Thursday.