Prosecutor: Man accused in NJ killing claims he killed 16 people

A man accused of several killings, including one in New Jersey, shocked investigators when he allegedly claimed to have killed a total of 16 people.

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BRIAN TAFF: Now at 5 o'clock, a jaw-dropping admission. Today we learned Sean Lannon told prosecutors that he killed 16 people in New Mexico and New Jersey. But so far, this suspect has only been charged with the murder of one East Greenwich resident. It's Friday night. Rick and [INAUDIBLE] are off. I'm Brian Taff.

MAGGIE KENT: And I'm Maggie Kent. The big story on Action News is the chilling new development in the Sean Lannon case. Lannon says the New Jersey man that he is accused of killing had sexually abused him as a child. Action News reporter Gray Hall, live in the satellite center now with the details. Gray.

GRAY HALL: Hey, Maggie and brian after hearing those stunning allegations, a judge saying she could not let Lannon go free. So tonight, he's locked up in jail. His ex-wife is one of the victims. And tonight her family, asking the question, why did this have to happen?

Prosecutors revealed a bombshell against Sean Lannon, the 47-year-old man accused of several murders in New Mexico and one in East Greenwich, Gloucester County, New Jersey earlier this month. They allege he's responsible for even more murders.

ALEC GUTIERREZ: He admitted to killing a total of 16 people between New Mexico, albeit 15 being in New Mexico and one in the state of New Jersey.

GRAY HALL: That victim in New Jersey was identified as 66-year-old Michael Dabkowski. Albuquerque police say the bodies of Sean's ex-wife Jennifer Lannon and three others were found in a pickup truck, abandoned at an airport. Prosecutors say Lannon admitted the crimes to a family member.

ALEC GUTIERREZ: He told the witness he was extremely sorry for all the things he had done.

GRAY HALL: Jennifer's family watched the court hearing virtually. They are still dealing with the loss and shocking allegations against Lannon.

CHRIS WHITMAN: It's chilling, it's frustrating, sickening.

- Scary.

- Yeah.

- Scary, because this is a person that we have done a Thanksgiving dinner.

GRAY HALL: Lannon's attorney argues the murder in New Jersey was self-defense and a crime of passion. Lannon claims Dabkowski sexually abused him as a child, and he went to his home to allegedly retrieve explicit pictures taken of them. Jennifer's family says they are trying to make sense of it all. They're also hoping to find some sense of forgiveness.

CHRIS WHITMAN: We struggle with it, but we have to find our heart for forgiveness. And although we might not be there yet, we pray that we get there.

GRAY HALL: And Jennifer leaves behind five children. She had three with Lannon, ages 7, 6, and 4. Her family's saying that they want justice, not only for Jennifer, but for also those other alleged victims. Live in Satellite Center, Gray Hall, channel six, Action News. Brian.

BRIAN TAFF: OK, Gray, thank you.