Selection of the jury in the case of the quadruple homicide in Troy
TROY, NY (NEWS10) – Jury selection is underway for the man charged with a quadruple homicide in Troy. James White is accused of killing four people in a Lansingburgh home in December 2017. White is appearing in court for his second trial. His case has already gone to court once.
Dozens of jurors filled the courtroom while waiting for jury selection to begin early Wednesday morning.
Through the selection process, White will be able to speak directly to those who will decide his fate since he has waived his right of representation.
White faces nine counts of first degree murder and four counts of second degree murder. He is also charged with burglary and theft.
Prosecutors have described it as one of the most gruesome cases they have ever worked on. They say white and co-defendant Justin Mann cycled to the home of the four victims in Lansingburgh, broke in, tied them up and stabbed them to death.
The victims were Brandi Mells, 22, Shanta Myers, 36, and Myers’ two children, Shanise, 5, and Jeremiah, 11, or “JJ”.
Mann has previously pleaded guilty for his role in the murders and will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Mann testified against White last year before a trial overturned, in part due to the COVID pandemic, after a jury deliberated for more than 16 hours.
In White’s first trial, his defense attorney agreed that someone should be held responsible for the deaths, but told jurors to be absolutely sure it was his client. This time around, however, White will present his own case.