Video trail may be key in Troy quadruple homicide case

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Video trail may be key in Troy quadruple homicide case

TROY – A string of videos that track two suspects in the Christmas Week 2017 killing of four people in a Lansingburgh apartment from that Rensselaer County neighborhood to Schenectady is expected to be vital evidence when the County Court trial starts Monday for one of the men.

It’s been more than two years since James White, 39, of Schenectady was charged with nine counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder for his alleged role in fatally stabbing Brandi Mells, 22; Shanta Myers, 36; and Myers’ two children: Jeremiah Myers, 11, and Shanise Myers, 5, in their basement apartment at 158 Second Ave.

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The videos show two men believed to be White and his accomplice Justin Mann walking up a driveway to 158 Second Ave. at 7:37 p.m. Dec. 21 without any backpacks, according to White’s filing. The two men then walk back down the driveway about an hour and 40 minutes later at 9:19 p.m. carrying a black backpack, a light-colored bag and a black garbage bag with what was believed to be a flat screen TV, according to the legal papers.

The next time anyone went to the apartment was five days later when shortly before 1 p.m. Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, the bodies of the four victims were found tied to chairs, police said. City police described the crime scene as one of the most horrific they’ve ever encountered and kept members of the department away from it.

Mann identified White as the person […]

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