SUNBURY - Miranda Barbour's attorneys are sorting through mountains of computer information and will soon have the help of a computer expert to help determine the relevance of the information, after a hearing in Northumberland County court Tuesday.
The hearing was called by Barbour's attorney, Northumberland County Public Defender Ed Greco, to produce the information linking her to the various charges she faces in court and to request a computer expert for the defense.
Barbour and her husband, Elytte, are charged with murdering Port Trevorton resident Troy LaFerrara in November. Police said the couple used a Craigslist ad promising “companionship” to lure LaFerrara, 42, to his death.
Police say Mrs. Barbour confessed to stabbing LaFerrara in the front seat of her car while her husband held a cord around his neck. District Attorney Tony Rosini is seeking the death penalty for the couple.
Greco, said, for example, a Google search warrant produced 65,000 pages of documents. Greco said he doesn't know the specifics of what could be in the documents.
Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor granted Greco's request for the expert and scheduled another hearing - to quash the aggravating circumstances in the case and question the discovery in the case - for April 25.
"We're pleased we're getting the computer expert," Greco said after the hearing. "Other than that, no comment."
Rosini was not available for comment following the hearing.
LaFerrara's wife, Colleen, and family were present for the hearing and became visibly emotional as Greco described going through his computer files.
Greco said LaFerrara used eight email accounts and visited a number of websites focusing on adult relationships, including sugardaddyforme.com, seekingarrangement.com and Craigslist.
"It's alleged that this crime was originated through a computer," Greco said, emphasizing the importance of all of the information coming in from search warrants filed by the District Attorney's office.
Saylor did not set a price range for the expert.
Greco and fellow Public Defender Paige Rosini declined to comment on further specifics about Barbour or the content of the search warrants turned up.
Also at the hearing, two witnesses testified about a taped confession Barbour gave to a Daily Item reporter, which was played for the first time in public.