Man to face Mass. charge in 1974 slaying

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia man will be returned to Massachusetts to face a murder charge in a 40-year-old slaying.

Massachusetts prosecutors allege 69-year-old Lonzo Guthrie of Austell fatally stabbed 21-year-old Eileen Ferro of Shrewsbury in 1974 after delivering furniture to her home.

The Telegram & Gazette reports Tuesday that Brian Fortner, chief assistant district attorney in Douglas County, Georgia, says a judge has approved Guthrie’s extradition. The Worcester district attorney’s office confirms plans are being made to return Guthrie.

Guthrie was arrested in February. At a fugitive hearing, he denied killing anyone.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early said Guthrie, a former Worcester resident, was questioned during the original investigation. Guthrie was recently linked to the slaying when evidence from the scene matched a DNA sample he submitted after a California conviction.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.),

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