DAILYKENN.com -- Eileen Ferro was 21-years-old when she was murdered in 1974.
Had she lived, she would be 63 years old this year.
Those years were stolen from her by Lonzo Guthrie, authorities believe.
Guthrie, 71, was arrested for Ferro's murder. The arrest came after a 2013 DNA test taken from a drop of blood at the crime scene connected Guthrie with Ferro's death.
Jury selection begins this week.
Reports say Guthrie delivered furniture to the young woman's home the day prior to her death.
The crime occurred in Worcester, Ga.
From telegram.com we read:
Ferro suffered severe cuts to her face and neck, including the severing of her carotid artery, which led to her death.
The jury selection process, which was expected to take two days, got underway Thursday morning. Testimony is scheduled to begin Tuesday.
It was revealed during pretrial hearings in the case that Mr. Guthrie's lawyers, John J. Roemer and Alexandra Yurgenson, are raising a so-called "third-party culprit" defense, and intend to introduce evidence designed to cast suspicion on Mrs. Ferro's husband, Anthony T. Ferro Jr., as her killer.
While Mr. Ferro was initially considered a suspect by investigators, a type of DNA testing conducted on scrapings from the victim's fingernails excluded him as a possible source. Mr. Guthrie's DNA profile placed him within the group of males who could have been the source, according to court documents.
Mr. Guthrie was arrested and charged after that testing was completed.
Judge Janet Kenton-Walker is presiding over the trial, which is expected to last about five days. Assistant District Attorneys John E. Bradley Jr., Anthony H. Melia and Michael T. Shannon are prosecuting the case.
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