Facing multiple murder charges: Justin A. Dallas, 26, of 119 Radisson Court, Syracuse.
Liverpool Two women were stabbed to death at 915 Second St. in the village of Liverpool on Monday morning, Oct. 28.
Sheriff Kevin Walsh identified the victims as Brandy Dallas, 24, and Samantha Rainwater, 30. The women and a handful of children had lived in the small, red Cape Cod-style home for less than a year.
Dallas’s estranged husband, 26-year-old Justin A. Dallas of 119 Radisson Court, Syracuse, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The alleged murder weapon, a folding knife with a four- to six-inch blade, was recovered, Walsh said.
Each of the homicide victims suffered multiple stab wounds following a confrontation with Justin Dallas. Rainwater died in her neighbor’s driveway, while Brandy Dallas was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Another woman who witnessed the crime on the home’s first floor suffered minor lacerations and was pushed down the basement stairs. Walsh declined to identify the witness, who called 911 to report the stabbings. She also suffered a minor leg injury.
Recent village homicides
The last homicide in the village was Jan. 6, 2011 when an infant girl’s body was discovered in a dumpster near the Hiddenbrook Terrace Apartments. In July 2012, the baby’s mother, 30-year-old Nicole DeJaynes of Clay, pleaded guilty in Onondaga County Court to first-degree manslaughter to avoid a trial for second-degree murder.
On April 21, 2008, toy collector Mark Clark was shot to death at his home on Cleveland Street. Clark’s murder remains unsolved.
Rainwater purchased the house and moved in with her 12-year-old daughter in January, said next-door neighbor Betty Marks. Brandy Dallas and her children moved in several weeks later.
The woman who witnessed the killings informed 911 that the suspect had stolen his wife’s gold Kia automobile and drove away.