James White Justin Mann

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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Shanta Myers Shanice Myers Brandi Mells

One of the family members of the quadruple murder victims in Troy, NY, told The Daily Beast that victim Brandi Mells, 22, was friends with Justin C. Mann, 24, who is charged with slaughtering her and her girlfriend’s family.

Police say Mells, who was born with dwarfism was targeted by the killers. Mells, pictured above with girlfriend Shanta Myers, 36, was also the target of school bullies due to her small stature.

Mann, of Schenectady, and his accomplice James W. White, 38, were arrested Friday night at Mann’s Schenectady residence and arraigned Saturday morning in Troy City Court. They were both charged with one count of first-degree murder and 4 counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Mells, Myers, 36, and Myers’s children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanice, 5.

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James White Justin Mann

Police arrested two Schenectady men and charged them with the savage murders of two women and two children in Troy, NY.

James W. White, 38, and Justin C. Mann, 24, were charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder during their arraignment in Troy City court Saturday morning.

Police say Brandi Mells, 22, her lesbian partner Shanta Myers, 36, and Myers’ children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanise, 5, were killed inside Mells’ tiny basement apartment around 9 p.m. on Dec. 21.

The bodies weren’t found until 5 days later.

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Troy murder victims

Isaiah Smith, whose mother and siblings were murdered in a quadruple homicide in upstate NY, fears the killer will come after him next.

Isaiah, 15, who lost his mother Shanta Myers, 36, his brother Jeremiah, 11, and sister, Shanise, 5, in a mass murder that shocked veteran officers, fears for his safety and is even “scared to go to the corner store”.

The property manager discovered the bodies around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday and called police.

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Troy murder victims

Police in Troy, NY have identified the four victims, 2 women and 2 children, found dead in the basement of an apartment house on Tuesday.

The victims were identified as (from top left) 22-year-old Brandi Mells and her lesbian partner, 36-year-old Shanta Myers, mother of 5-year-old Shanise Myers and 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers.

Police sources tell the NY Post the victims’ throats were slashed and their hands were bound behind their backs.

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Fredrick Scott

A Missouri man is a suspect in the shooting deaths of 5 men who were total strangers to him. The series of execution-style murders baffled investigators and sent shockwaves through Kansas City for over a year.

On Tuesday, police arrested 22-year-old Fredrick Demond Scott after linking him forensically to a cigarette butt and an iced tea bottle recovered near one of the crime scenes.

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LGBT Ivory Coast

Gay men living in the Ivory Coast were forced to flee their homes after the U.S. embassy posted a photo on its website identifying the men as members of the LGBT community.

The photo shows a group of six men signing a condolence book for victims of the Orlando gay bar massacre last month.

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