Man accused of killing estranged wife and co-worker in alleged love triangle indicted by grand jury

Brandy Dallas (left) and Samantha Rainwater (right)

The man accused of killing his estranged wife and former co-worker in a quiet Liverpool neighborhood last fall was indicted by an Onondaga County Grand Jury.

26-year-old Justin Dallas of Radisson Court in Syracuse is wanted on two counts of second degree murder, accused of stabbing Brandy Dallas and Samantha Rainwater to death in Rainwater's home on Second Street in the village.

Justin Dallas also faces a count of second-degree assault for pushing a third woman down the stairs.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office previously said it all started with some sort of argument that unfolded on the first floor of the home at 915 Second Street. A separate source said he may have been motivated to stab the woman because of a love triangle that had developed, between him and the two women.

Sheriff's deputies said Justin Dallas was dropped off at Rainwater's home shortly after 9 a.m. October 28. He and his estranged wife, Brandy, had two children together and she would sometimes stay with Rainwater.

In a news conference that evening, Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh said Justin Dallas used a folding knife -- possibly a pocket-knife -- to stab the women multiple times.

Walsh said Justin Dallas was arrested for domestic violence in July, accused of holding Brandy down so that she couldn't leave.

The Onondaga District Attorney's Office said there was an order of protection in place, and that case was to go before a grand jury.

Meanwhile, investigators said Justin and 30-year-old Samantha Rainwater worked together at Upstate University Hospital until he was suspended following the domestic violence claim, and that they were friends.

The source that indicated a love triangle may have fueled the crime said Justin was romantically involved with Samantha, and then Brandy and Samantha later developed a relationship.

The source said Justin went to Rainwater's home to confront the women.

According to the sheriff's office, the third woman, whom Justin allegedly pushed down the stairs, lived downstairs. She was the person who first called 911.

After the stabbings, Dallas ran from the scene. Sheriff's deputies say he stole his wife's vehicle. Police chased him into Onondaga Lake Park, where they say Dallas abandoned his vehicle and jumped into the water in an apparent suicide attempt.

Dallas is being held in the county jail without bail.