Suspects arrested in Troy Quadruple homicide plead not guilty to murder charges

Doug Carpenter
January 2, 2018

Police announced early this morning that two men were arrested for a quadruple homicide that claimed the lives of a lesbian couple and their two kids.

The suspects are slated to appear in court January 4, 2018. "The rapid apprehension and arrest of two suspects in connection with this tragic crime is welcome news for our community and the victims' families impacted by this senseless tragedy", Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The family was found dead inside the basement apartment where they lived. Mann is now on parole. Police say the two women were in a relationship. Both men are being held in county jail.


Police Chief James Tedesco described the slayings as an act of "savagery" and that further details about the gruesome deaths would be released to the public at this time.

According to detectives, Shanta Myers, 36, two of her three children, 11 and 5, and her girlfriend Brandi Mells, 22, were found with their hands and ankles bound and their slit throats on Tuesday.

According to Tedesco, the arrest came about due to a large portion of investigation based on technological devices.


Tedesco and Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove declined to answer several questions about the case, including the method of the killings.

Police said they do not have any motive for the brutal killings, but are confident there isn't another suspect. He thanked numerous agencies involved and the public for providing tips.

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this", Tedesco told reporters Wednesday. Having been in law enforcement for almost 50 years, Tedesco says the crime scene was unlike any he's witnessed. "I'm not sure if they're coming for me next".


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