Troy homicides: Police say victims' bodies were undiscovered for 5 days

Justin C. Mann left and James W. White

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Two men have been arrested in the gruesome quadruple murder in upstate NY that left four people dead - two of them children.

Police made the arrests three days after finding the bodies of Shanta Myers, 22, her partner, Brandi Mills, 22, and Myers' two children, Jeremiah Myers, 11, and Shanise Myers, 5.

James White, 38, and Justin Mann, 24, both of Schenectady, were each charged with one count of 1st-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.

While police refused to answer questions during a Saturday press gathering, Police revealed both men having records with Mann on parole. Information given in court said the killings took place at about 9 p.m., December 21. Police say motive still under investigation - Chief says one defendant knew one of the victims.

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Tedesco said it was a great relief to have the two men in custody.

More than two dozens people were inside the Troy City Court on Saturday morning, wearing Troy Boys and Girls club sweatshirts.

Myers also had a 15-year-old, Isaiah Smith, who was out of town on a retreat when the slayings unfolded in his Troy home.

They have been remanded to Rensselaer County Jail without bail. Police say Myers and Mells were in a relationship. "I'm not sure if they're coming for me next". Preliminary hearings for both will be held January 4th.

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The Troy City School District, where the two children attended classes, will be offering grief counseling to students, Superintendent John Carmello wrote in a letter to parents.

Adding, "I'm scared to go to the corner store".

It has been reported that Mann broke brown as he was being led out of court.

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