WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a man charged with beating to death a New Jersey resident who he said sexually abused him as a child now claims he has killed a total of 16 people, including his ex-wife and three others in New Mexico.
Authorities say there is no indication his claim is true, but they will investigate.
NJ.com reported that a New Jersey prosecutor alleged Friday in court that 47-year-old Sean Lannon of Grants, New Mexico, said he confessed to 16 killings in all.
A public defender tried to get Lannon released from jail and said his client was provoked in the New Jersey killing.
Lannon has been named a person of interest in the four New Mexico slayings.