published Friday, February 7th, 2014

DNA links Georgia man to cold case slaying

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Georgia man facing charges in the 40-year-old killing of a Massachusetts woman had delivered furniture to her home the day before she was slain, prosecutors said Thursday.

Lonzo Guthrie, 69, of Austell, Ga., was arrested Tuesday in the Feb. 22, 1974, stabbing of 21-year-old Eileen Ferro of Shrewsbury.

“Our understanding is that he was delivering some furniture the day before her murder,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said at a news conference. “That’s how he got to know her.”

Guthrie was arraigned as a fugitive in Georgia on Wednesday, when he denied killing anyone. He is fighting extradition to Massachusetts, where he faces a murder charge.

He was tied to Ferro’s death only recently through DNA technology not available in the 1970s.

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