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Police in Troy, N.Y., arrested two people connecting to the slaying of four people, including two children, found dead in a basement apartment. Information given in court said the killings took place at about 9 p.m., December 21. Police said autopsies would be conducted Wednesday, but results have not been released.

A local Albany newspaper reported, John Tedesco, Troy Police Chief said one of the defendants knew one of the victims. Both men have criminal records and Mann is on parole. The suspects were sent to the Rensselaer County Jail to await their next court appearance, on Thursday.

Preliminary hearings for Mann and White are scheduled for January 4.

Tedesco and Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove remained tight lip on what may have motivated the brutal murders, with some wondering if the killings came as a result of the two men harboring contempt for the same same sex of the mother with her younger girlfriend. Both entered a not guilty plea during their arraignment Saturday morning in Troy City Court.

On Saturday, Tedesco said the police do not have a motive for the killings but are confident that there will not be any additional arrests, even though the investigation continues.


Mann and White, both residents of Schenectady, N.Y., were arraigned on Saturday, charged with the murders of Brandi Mells, 22, her partner, 36-year-old Shanta Myers, and two of Myers's children, Shanise Myers, 5, and Jeremiah Myers, 11.

Though police had said they didn't believe there was an imminent danger to the community, the crime shook the neighborhood.

DeWolf previously declined to discuss details of the crime scene but law enforcement sources told the Albany Times Union that the victims were bound and their throats were slit.

"After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this", Tedesco told reporters Wednesday.


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