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Mon. 2:55pm: 1974 murder suspect expected soon in Valley

June 24, 2013
Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

YOUNGSTOWN - The suspect in a 1974 triple homicide is expected to appear in Mahoning County Court within the next week.

According to the Mahoning County Prosecutor's Office, James P. Ferrara, 64, formerly of Youngstown, will be arraigned on three counts of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated burglary and a count of aggravated robbery.

Ferrara was indicted last week by a Mahoning County grand jury in connection with the Dec. 14, 1974, killings of Ben and Marilyn Marsh, and their 4-year-old daughter, Heather.

Detectives with the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office re-opened the cold case in 2009 after entering the decades-old prints into the AEFIS database and getting a match with Ferrara, who is serving a 20-year sentence in Marion Correctional Institution for an unrelated double-murder in Franklin County.

If found guilty, Ferrara will not be eligible for the death penalty, but he is subject to a potential life imprisonment on each aggravated murder count.

 
 

 

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