Robert K. Yosay | posted Jun 20th 2013
A Mahoning County grand jury indicted James Ferrara, 64, who is in the Marion Correctional Institution, for the Dec. 14, 1974, murders of Benjamin Marsh, 33; his wife Marilyn, 32; and their 4-year-old daughter Heather. They were found brutally murdered inside the family’s 5540 S. Turner Road home in Canfield Township by county sheriff’s deputies. Their 1-year-old son Christopher was found crawling in the blood of his mother and sister, trying to awaken his mother. He was unharmed. At a news conference to announce the indictment, Prosecutor Paul Gains said sheriff’s detectives Pat Mondora and Dave Benigas submitted fingerprint evidence collected at the crime scene to the state Bureau of Criminal Identification data base in 2009 and got a match on three different prints to Ferarra.
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