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Lawyers for 2 men being held in connection with the deaths of 4 people found with their throats slashed in an upstate NY basement apartment say their clients should walk because the DA's office failed to present evidence for an indictment on Thursday.

Justin Mann, 24, and James White, 38, of Schenectady, were charged with 1st-degree and 2nd-degree murder in the deaths of Shanta Myers, 36; her lover, Brandi Mells, 22, and Myers' 2 children, ages 5 and 11.

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According to the Washington Post, a preliminary hearing set for Thursday, Jan. 4, was cancelled, which means Mann and White were legally free to go.

But the Rensselaer County District Attorney's office filed an additional felony murder charge against White and held Mann on a parole violation to keep both men in jail.

White was charged with felony murder in the death of 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers in the commission of a burglary in Mells' apartment.

The new felony charge gives the DA six additional days to come up with evidence or both men will go free.

Greg Cholakis, who represents White, says he hasn’t seen “one stitch of evidence” from prosecutors.

"I've never seen a district attorney come in and file a new felony complaint because they couldn't move forward with the hearing," Mann's attorney, Joseph Ahearn, told CBS affiliate 6News.

Ahearn said the DA's trickery suggests the case against his client is weak.

"At this point, if the DA has sufficient, admissible evidence, they would have presented it to the grand jury," Ahearn said, adding that he "has never seen this happen in the 21 years I have been practicing."

The defense accused the DA of trying to buy more time to find evidence against the 2 men.

Prosecutors have not provided a motive for the quadruple slayings.

Investigators previously said Justin Mann was friends with Brandi Mells.

  • TheOwley

    These two are dead in the eyes.

  • Guess Who

    Dude's eyes on the left are disrespectful as fuk.

  • A D N

    Same question we all asked was WHY?! Why would they do it?

  • imright

    ive thought about this story every day since it happened. i need to kno WHY ?!?!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    So, did they do it or nah?

  • bemetoo

    so did they really do it????? something aint right

  • MistaO

    Be careful. As we've seen, even recently, many innocent men have been locked up for crimes they did not commit.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Lord I hope they find evidence if these men are guilty, and I hope they don't create evidence if these men are innocent

  • Darkandlovely617?

    ?
    One cussing you out, the other one saying "look at me" I'm gonna give you one more chance ?

    But seriously, they need to have everything airtight ??

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    White people can spend billions on military gear and NASA research but can’t find enough evidence to convict the RIGHT criminals?

    That’s some BS. If you have to look for evidence there is a problem. People are innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent.

    That’s why I trust THE CREATOR. He knows all fully and wholeheartedly. The system is a joke and will prosecute any black man to prove that it is superior.

  • EMILY POST

    They look crazy ...

  • OvertheMississippi

    Right!!!

  • karen b

    Did they say why he killed them? Unless one of the men is the father of one of the kids? They were current lesbians so I didn't think a man would of been a issue. Unless the mother was living as bisexual and a situation occurred which led to their deaths? Im waiting to find out why too. sad as hell....

  • karen b

    That goes for all of our peeps.......too bad a lot of our folks have been railroaded/corporal punished in this judicial system strictly based on race. But I agree 100%

  • Renee26

    Lmao

  • TMW

    I think they did it, but I don’t like the fact that they were arrested apparently without sufficient evidence. This country has gotten so far away from “innocent until proven guilty.” It’s really, really sad. I guess it’s better that that they went to jail and weren’t killed by the police.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'd rather see a guilty man go free than see an innocent man get put away for a crime he didn't commit, so i hope these prosecutors know what they're doing.

  • Dainese

    I just came here to say that dudes eye is COCKED! Like a pistol.
    Oh & also, hope they find they evidence that they need to drive the nail in the coffin for whoever committed this heinous crime.

  • KLo

    sad

  • NeverSurprised

    I've said this before and I'll say it again and again, so skip over my post if you don't want to hear it.

    IF TWO WHITE GAY MEN WERE SLAUGHTERED, EVERY NEWS OUTLET IN THE COUNTRY WOULD STILL BE GIVING IT WALL-TO-WALL COVERAGE. LGBTQ leaders would be interviewed NON-STOP, and the #1 champion of all things gay/trans, Barack Hussein Obama, would be in front of every available camera talking about what an "outrage" it was.

    WHY WILL NO BLACK OR FEMALE OR LGBTQ LEADER STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF LESBIAN WOMEN? For 8 damn years under Obama, we heard that gay rights were superior to EVERY other right in this country. But apparently that only applies to gay WHITE MEN, not black lesbians and their children.

    In its mission statement, Black Lives Matter proclaims:

    "We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks ... , and all Black lives along the gender spectrum."

    So where is BLM as we see this rise in brutality against black lesbians? AS USUAL, THEY REMAIN SILENT WHEN THE PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENCE ARE BLACK MEN.

    And shame on you Maxine Waters and EVERY OTHER BLACK, FEMALE ELECTED OFFICIAL. If you will not stand up for the rights of black women, who will?

  • MistaO

    ??.

  • Ghost

    Now I'm looking at the law enforcement with SERIOUS side eye! They should have an abundance of evidence the way they chained ganged perp walk these two! Everyone was sure and relieved...now this crap!

    Do you have the right men? or did they show up on the cameras because they were visitors? Please get SOME evidence..

  • malcolm johnston

    "Lord hope they don't create evidence IF THESE MEN ARE INNOCENT" !
    THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR THINKING IS THAT "IF THESE MEN ARE GUILTY" IS OBVIOUSLY NOT KNOWN... BUT YOU SEEM TO BE SAYING IT IS OK TO MAKE UP SH-T "IF THEY ARE GUILTY"!!
    MY FATHER (WHITE, WORKED IN WORST PART OF COMPTON SCHOOLS AS CARPENTER) WAS ON A JURY WHERE A BLACK MAN WAS ACCUSED OF FLEEING THE COPS AT A TRAFFIC STOP AND WHEN EXITING HIS VEHICLE POINTED A GUN AT THE OFFICERS AND WAS EXECUTED WITH A VOLLEY OF BULLETS!
    JURY WAS READY TO EXCUSE THE SHOOTING AS JUSTIFIED EXCEPT MY FATHER WAS ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE WAY THE SUSPECT WAS DESCRIBED AS EXITING THE VEHICLE, IF HE HAD BEEN HOLDING A GUN AND AIMING IT AT THE OFFICERS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTORT HIMSELF TO DO THIS!
    EITHER BAD DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS OR POLICE WERE ATTEMPTING TO JUSTFY THEIR UNJUSTIFIED SHOOTING!
    BTW: THE GUN MIGHT HAVE BEEN WHAT 'SEASONED-AND THAT SIMPLY MEANS 6MONTHS ACCLIMATIZING TO 'BACK YOUR PARTNER AT ALL COSTS' -COP..
    DEFENDANT TOOK PLEA BARGAIN WITH THE ELIMINATION OF THE "THREATENING LAW OFFICER WITH GUN". STILL GOT SIGNIFICANT SENTENCE BUT NOT ONE THAT WOULD HAVE ESSENTIALLY LEFT HIM TO ROT IN JAIL UNTIL HE WAS AN OLD MAN.

  • Nonya Bizness

    “I’ve never seen a district attorney come in and file a new felony complaint because they couldn’t move forward with the hearing,” Mann’s attorney, Joseph Ahearn, told CBS affiliate 6News." Has this fool ever been in a courtroom? I know of cases where I live where the D.A. dropped the charges and immediately refiled the same charges, in order to get more evidence. He's saying the DA filed an additional charge. His guessing as to why, that they don't have any evidence, is just his opinion. He's paid to get sleaze balls off, and you can never have too much evidence.

  • ???TheRider???

    This is some straight bullshit!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That was informative. Thanks. Are you a lawyer?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    This case is finally making you give law enforcement the side-eye?

    Why do you think law enforcement is so upset about BLM and Colin Kapernick for calling them out for their incompetence and corruption.

  • You Could Never

    So...you leaving us with this damn fool and his lottery ball eyes all weekend Sandra?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • Trace da Ace

    LMAO!!!!!!! I cant with the "lottery eyeballs"...... dammmnnnnnn.... I sooo needed that laugh!!!

  • You Could Never

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    girl
    I been looking back every now & again for 2 hours I think? IDK. we still here tho

  • Liah

    Im confused...Did they or didnt they do it???

  • Liah

    Exactly!

  • SpillyNillie

    He has a point...DAs usually love to submit evidence...

  • free

    so they might be trying to pin it on these two just to close the case while the REAL murderer(s) walk free. it wouldn't be unheard of. i knew it was a stretch to go from "i got teased as a dwarf" to "somebody slit the throats of me and everybody in my family".

  • free

    and the person(s) that did this are gonna get the needle if this is a death penalty state.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    She's special.

    I swear she is really Sandra.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They rushed the arrests because it was a high profile case just like the Central Park 5.

  • Meme

    Very true

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I said the same thing when I first heard about this. It happens more than we know.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Speaking of lottery eyes- wish me luck on this half a billion!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Well said and very true.

  • gail jones

    The lightskin one got some pretty ass eyes. He fine as hell. The bald one....He aight.

  • Malcom Flex

    SICK

  • hottlanta

    In the words of the late great Johnnie Cochran. If it doesn't fit you must acquit.

  • hottlanta

    Naw the bald one is giving that 70's Willie Dynomite sultry come hither look. I'm about to give him my digits so I can put money on his books.

  • Allihave2say

    I'm confused is this the same story regarding the guy who said he killed the 11 yr old because of her attitude?

  • gail jones

    You cuttin' up on this cold ass Friday night.

  • gail jones

    'SICK' with lust.

  • dontgetblocked

    No. These are two other no-good nyggas that killed a lesbian couple and their children.

  • dontgetblocked

    Are you serious! They killed children!

  • Allihave2say

    Ok. One of them was apprehended in shorts at a relatives house? I'm I on task here? How did the DA screw up? I thought the guy confessed to killing them because of the girl's attitude, now they have no evidence?

  • dontgetblocked

    Are you drunk? You think that's funny and four people are dead, including two children. Ms. Hots put that drank down...you acting a fool up n here!

  • dontgetblocked

    Yeah. I got in a pool. Please Lord let us win something.

  • hottlanta

    Happy New Year Blocked. Went running tonight in this cold azz weather and got frost on the brain. Don't cuss me out.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    With a half a billion dollars on the table how are there still homeless/hungry people in the the nation?

    I pray that multiple people hit! And to the people it would impact the most.

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    You gotta be kidding??? They both look kinda slow. They look they are mentally challenged. And besides they are murderers. I don't think I could ever find a murderer attractive and definitely not one who has murdered children.

  • gail jones

    Allegedly! That don't change the fact he fine as hell! Stay warm.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Where is the evidence? Or are you assuming?

  • Gotitbutsmh

    Exactly, who is speaking and showing outrage over the deaths of these black women? How can you truly express feelings over the children but ignore the mother because of her preference? I am sicken over the treatment of this community. I don't know all the correct terminology because I am straight but they are targeted and that is well known. Little to no effort is exerted when they are victims of sometimes horrific crimes.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    This is questionable at this point. What would cause an arrest if the proper evidence is not available? I get they want to make sure they have a strong case. I'll wait, Po Po will set up a brother.

  • WhooCares

    ???????

  • Faux Gibbler

    Auntie Sandra,
    If true then when don't defense attorneys file grievances with the bar? Prosecutors aren't really allowed to do this or overcharge/

  • ann

    These are two separate cases altogether.

  • Allihave2say

    Got it. Well I hate them all so that's the common ground.

  • Malcom Flex

    PATHETIC.

  • MzNicolle Serenity

    They both look grimy and hailing from special ed.. the lightskin one looks as if he is off his meds. Nothing there with both of them but satan deciphals. Sick bastards hope they get the death penalty, those poor kids--- what a disgusting world we live in.

  • gail jones

    No. What is 'pathetic' is the fact he's not in bed with me. Yummmmmm...

  • Malcom Flex

    Blocked, troll.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Did you even read my comment???? smh. I started with I hope they FIND evidence IF guilty!! That right there negates your comment. The 2nd part (that you tried to put words in my font) was said because cops have made up evidence on innocent folks. If you just wanted to tell the story about your dad being a good white man you should've just typed your story instead of bringing me negativity with things I didn't say or imply ESPECIALLY SINCE I SAID I HOPE THEY FIND EVIDENCE. Reading is fundamental and I guess comprehension is a blessing