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April 2, 2014

Computer expert to aid Miranda Barbour's defense

SUNBURY — Miranda Barbour’s attorneys are sorting through a mountain of computer information and will soon have the help of a computer expert to determine the relevance of that information, a Northumberland County judge ruled during a hearing Tuesday.

The hearing was called by Barbour’s attorney, public defender Ed Greco, to produce the prosecution’s information linking Barbour to the various charges she faces in court and to request a computer expert for the defense.

“It’s alleged that this crime was originated through a computer,” Greco said, emphasizing the importance of information obtained from search warrants filed by the district attorney’s office.

Barbour and her husband, Elytte, are charged with killing 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 Miranda 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 search warrant for Google files produced 65,000 pages of documents. Greco said he doesn’t know the specifics of what could be in the files, which is why he needs the expert.

Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor granted Greco’s request for the expert and scheduled another evidence hearing 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 widow, Colleen, and family were present for the hearing and became visibly emotional as Greco described going through Troy LaFerrara’s computer files.

Greco said LaFerrara used eight Gmail and Yahoo email accounts and visited a number of websites focusing on adult relationships, including sugardaddyforme.com, seekingarrangement.com and Craigslist.

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