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Death penalty sought in Craigslist killing

on January 22, 2014 10:25 AM

SUNBURY (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday he will seek the death penalty for a central Pennsylvania couple charged with killing a man allegedly lured through a Craigslist ad.

Aggravating circumstances warrant death sentences for Elytte Barbour, 22, and his wife, Miranda, 19, if they’re convicted of first-degree murder, Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini said.

Rosini said the Barbours tortured Troy LaFerrara, 42, and killed him in the commission of a robbery, making the couple eligible for the death penalty.

Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara, of Port Trevorton, in the front seat of her car while Elytte Barbour held a cord around his neck from the back seat on Nov. 11, authorities said.

Elytte Barbour allegedly told investigators they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together. Miranda Barbour had met LaFerrara on Craigslist, where she offered companionship for a fee, and arranged the meeting that led to his death, police said.

County Chief Public Defender Edward Greco, who is representing Miranda Barbour, said Rosini’s decision to seek the death penalty was “not something that we did not expect.”

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