Jury selection to begin in killing of Canfield family in 1974


Jury selection to begin in killing of Canfield family in 1974

Staff report

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It has taken almost 40 years, but a man prosecutors think murdered a Canfield Township family in 1974 will stand trial for their deaths.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the courtroom of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge R. Scott Krichbaum for 64-year-old James Ferrara, accused of the Dec. 14, 1974, murders of Benjamin Marsh, 33; his wife Marilyn, 32; and their daughter, Heather, 4, inside their South Turner Road home.

Sheriff’s deputies who arrived at the home found the couple’s son, Christopher, 1, unharmed crawling in his mother’s blood.

Immediately after the crime, the hunt for the killers was a prime focus for investigators and was Page One news for several weeks. The case also involved two future county sheriffs: Ed Nemeth, a detective assigned to the case and Phil Chance, one of the deputies who responded and discovered the murders.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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