Prosecutor: New Jersey man charged with murder says he really killed 16

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Prosecutor: New Jersey man charged with murder says he really killed 16


WOODBURY, NJ – A man accused of beating to death a New Jersey resident who he claims sexually assaulted him as a child now claims he killed a total of 16 people, including his ex-wife and three others found dead near a New Mexico airport, officials said. Authorities have not corroborated his claim.

Sean Lannon, 47, said he killed the four people whose remains were found in a vehicle and “11 other people” in New Mexico, Alec Gutierrez, an assistant district attorney for Gloucester County, New Jersey, said during of a detention hearing Friday, NJ.com reported.

Gutierrez said Lannon confessed to luring several victims to a house in New Mexico and dismembering some of them.

Authorities said in court documents that Lannon made the confession during a phone call to a relative, who told investigators he expressed remorse. Lannon has only been charged with death in New Jersey, and his attorney says his client was provoked. He was named a Person of Interest in all four New Mexico murders.

Police Lt. David Chavez of Grants hometown of Lannon, New Mexico, said authorities had no indication that his allegations of 11 other murders were true and that they were unaware of no missing person or homicide report that matches his story.

” Is it possible? Of course, anything is possible. Is it plausible? Chavez said. “Unfortunately, we are still investigating this matter and issuing search warrants for evidence.”

It was a twist on a nationwide case that has many unanswered questions, including how Lannon was linked to the New Mexico murders. Officials from the FBI, the US Marshals Service, several New Mexico police departments, as well as New Jersey police and prosecutors did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday or immediately had more information. ‘information.

The case began on March 5, when the bodies of Lannon’s ex-wife and three other people were found in a vehicle in a parking lot at Albuquerque International Sunport, New Mexico’s largest airport. We don’t know how they were killed.

Police said three of them were reported missing in January in Grants, about 80 miles west of Albuquerque. The victims have been identified as Jennifer Lannon, 39; Matthew Miller, 21; Jesten Mata, 40; and Randal Apostalon, 60 years old.

Jennifer Lannon, Miller and Mata were friends, and Apostalon lived out of his car and was known to shop for cash, Grants police said. The bodies were found in Apostalon’s car.

“I can understand that he (Sean Lannon) said that, you know, he shot his wife and her boyfriend,” Chavez said. “But Matthew wasn’t her boyfriend, so I don’t know how he got involved.”

Jennifer Lannon’s brother Chris Whitman told Albuquerque KOB TV station he was shocked to hear his former brother-in-law claim responsibility for several murders.

“They had been together for about nine years, and it’s just mind blowing because this is someone I welcomed into my home and we had Thanksgiving dinner together,” he said.

Whitman told media the couple reconciled after their divorce and his former brother-in-law left their three children with family in New Jersey and said he planned to find a job and then return in New Mexico in search of Jennifer Lannon.

On March 8, three days after the remains were found in New Mexico, the body of Michael Dabkowski was discovered in his New Jersey home just south of Philadelphia after a welfare check. Sean Lannon is charged with breaking and entering and beating the 66-year-old to death with a hammer, according to an affidavit.

Lannon told investigators that Dabkowski sexually assaulted him as a child and that he went home to retrieve sexually explicit photos. Dabkowski mentored Lannon and his twin brother on a Big Brothers program in the 1980s, NJ.com reported.

A search for Lannon ended with his arrest in Saint-Louis on March 10. He was driving a stolen car from Dabkowski.

In a New Jersey court Friday, Public Defender Frank Unger disputed the probable cause of the murder charge, arguing that Dabkowski allowed Lannon to enter his home and what followed amounted, at worst, to passion-induced manslaughter, NJ.com reported.

He said Lannon didn’t want anyone to “have more control over me” trying to take the photos back. Dabkowski had “documented these sexual assaults, these rapes, by photographing himself with Mr. Lannon in sexually compromised positions,” Unger said.

The public defender said Lannon retrieved two hammers from Dabkowski’s garage and gave them to the victim, saying: “You’re going to need them. I do not want to hurt you.

“I would say that this fact alone illustrates that this was not intentional murder. He didn’t even bring a gun home, ”Unger said, claiming that Dabkowski attacked his client and then was killed.

Unger wanted the judge to release Lannon ahead of trial, claiming he had no previous convictions and was an Army veteran with an honorable discharge.

Lannon was born in Massachusetts and spent most of his early years in Gloucester County, a suburb of Philadelphia, before being deployed to Germany, Unger said. He has family in southern New Jersey, including his mother and sister.

But Gutierrez said Lannon “admitted his efforts to cover up evidence” in the New Mexico murders.

The prosecutor added that Lannon previously spent a week in jail in New Mexico for not appearing in court. We did not know what he had been quoted with.

The judge ordered Lannon to stay behind bars.

Unger, an attorney for Sean Lannon’s family and Big Brothers Big Sisters independence region, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Saturday.

This story has been updated to remove the incorrect attribution in the first paragraph of the suspect’s confession to 11 murders. It also corrects that the suspect was arrested on March 10 and not on March 17; that the bodies at the airport were found on March 5, not last week; and that the body of the New Jersey victim was found on March 8, not March 10.

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