TROY — Justin Mann told jurors Friday he took part in a quadruple slaughter in Lansingburgh in 2017 at the behest of a maniacal James White whom he said stabbed all four victims and threatened to kill him and his family if he didn’t help him.
In graphic detail, the 26-year-old Mann walked jurors at White’s murder trial in Rensselaer County Court through the night of Dec. 21, 2017 beginning with a conversation Mann said he had with White, whom he referred to as “Jay Dub.”
The prosecution’s star witness likened the actions of White on the night of the slayings to the savage butchery of Michael Myers, the fictional villain of the horror movie “Halloween.”
“He said, ‘You better do what I say or you’re going to be next,’” Mann testified, wearing an orange jumpsuit from the Rensselaer County jail. “He wasn’t playing. I was scared.”
White, 39, is charged with the first-degree murders of Brandi Mells, 22; Shanta Myers, 36; and Myers’ two children: Jeremiah Myers, 11, and Shanise Myers, 5. If convicted, White faces life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
The victims were not discovered until Dec. 26, 2017. Christmas presents and cards had piled up outside their door.Mann, who has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges and faces 25 years to life in prison, testified that White divulged his ghastly intentions earlier that night when the two men were in Schenectady.“We’re going to Troy. We’re gonna murder these people,” Mann said White told him.Mann, who is […]
Troy witness: Killer’s fury mirrored violence of fictional ‘Halloween’ fiend Michael Myers
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