Pa. DA to seek death penalty in Craigslist slaying

Elytte Barbour (right) told officers before his arrest Friday, Dec. 6, that he and his wife, Miranda (left), had planned to kill before, but their plans never worked out until last month when Troy LaFerrara responded to an online posting that promised companionship in return for money, authorities said. Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, face criminal homicide charges in LaFerrara's death. His body was found Nov. 12 in an alley in Sunbury, a small city about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The News-Item, Mike Staugaitis)

January 21, 2014 9:59:33 AM PST
A prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for a central Pennsylvania couple charged with killing a man allegedly lured through a Craigslist ad.

Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini said Tuesday that aggravating circumstances - allegations that the victim was killed during a robbery and tortured - justify death sentences for 22-year-old Elytte Barbour and his 19-year-old wife, Miranda Barbour.

Rosini also is requesting a joint trial.

Police say Miranda Barbour lured 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton through a Craigslist ad. Investigators say she stabbed LaFerrara in the front seat of her car in Sunbury on Nov. 11 while Elytte Barbour held a cord around his neck from the back seat.

Miranda Barbour's attorney says he wasn't surprised by the prosecutor's decision to seek the death penalty.