SUNBURY, Pa. -- Newlyweds who police say lured a stranger through a Craigslist ad, stabbed him to death and dumped his body in an alley face preliminary hearings Friday.
Separate hearings are scheduled in the central Pennsylvania city of Sunbury for 22-year-old Elytte Barbour and his 18-year-old wife, Miranda, of Selinsgrove.
They're being held without bail on criminal homicide charges in the Nov. 11 death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton.
Elytte Barbour told police they killed LaFerrara, who was stabbed 20 times, because they wanted to kill someone together, authorities said.
The couple, who were married in North Carolina and moved to Pennsylvania during the three weeks leading up to the crime, told police that Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara in the front seat of her car while her husband held a cord around his neck, authorities said.
Authorities said Miranda Barbour told investigators that she met the victim after he responded to her Craigslist ad offering companionship for money and that they traveled in her vehicle from Selinsgrove to Sunbury, a small city about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Elytte Barbour told police he was hiding under a blanket in the back seat when his wife picked up LaFerrara and drove to Sunbury, where they parked, authorities said. At a prearranged signal, the husband said he came out of hiding and pulled a cable cord around LaFerrara's neck while his wife stabbed him, authorities said.
Miranda Barbour told investigators that LaFerrara was gasping for air as she drove around looking for a spot to dump the body, authorities said.
In this Dec. 3 file photo, Miranda K. Barbour is led into District Judge Ben Apfelbaum's office in Sunbury, Pa., by Sunbury policeman Travis Bremigen. Elytte Barbour, 22, and his wife Miranda Barbour of Selinsgrove are scheduled to appear separately at preliminary hearings today at the Northumberland County Courthouse. They are charged with murdering 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara.×
Notice about comments:
The Post and Courier is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point.