WOODBURY, N.J. -- Officials say a man charged with beating to death a New Jersey resident 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's no indication his claim is true but will investigate.
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, NJ.com reported.
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.