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Thu., 10:53am: Ferrara to challenge murder conviction

December 19, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

YOUNGSTOWN -- A man recently convicted of the 1974 triple murder of a Canfield man, his wife and their daughter is scheduled to be back in a Mahoning County Court on Monday.

James Ferrara was transported this week from the Marion Correctional Institution to the Mahoning County Jail.

He is expected to ask for an acquittal or a new trial in connection to his recent murder conviction.

Ferrara, 64, was sentenced Nov. 22 to three consecutive life sentences in the 1974 shooting deaths of Ben and Marilyn Marsh and their 4-year-old daughter.

During his sentencing Ferrara told the court he didn't kill the family.

Ferrara admitted to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Krichbaum that he committed two murders in Columbus 30 years ago, for which he is serving another life sentence. But he denied knowing the Marshes or ever being at their house.

Ben Marsh and Ferrara worked at the General Motors plant in Lordstown at the time of the murders.



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