Two men arrested in the horrific murder of a lesbian family


Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a mother, two of her children and her female partner in Troy, New York, police said early Saturday.

Troy police on Thursday identified the victims as 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells who attended high school in Central New York.

Both men were arraigned for one count of first 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. Both men have criminal records and Mann was on parole. Police say motive still under investigation - Chief says one defendant knew one of the victims. Mann is now on parole.

More than two dozens people were inside the Troy City Court on Saturday morning, wearing Troy Boys and Girls club sweatshirts. Police say Myers and Mells were in a relationship. Troy Police told Post-Star newspartners NewsChannel 13 that court appearances were scheduled for the suspects early Saturday. "The emotions of a police officer are something you repress because there is a job to be done", Tedesco said, adding that no one involved in this case will ever forget it.

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Shanta's oldest son Isaiah Smith, 15, was away when the murder happened, and he is the sole survivor in the family.

Troy Police credited the arrests to the work of Troy Police Detectives, the NYSP Major Crimes Unite, NYS DOCCS, the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office and several other law enforcement agencies.

"I'm scared to go to the corner store", he told the Albany Times-Union. Preliminary hearings for both will be held January 4th. Mann appeared to break down as he was led out of court.