Austell murder suspect fighting extradition
by The Associated Press
February 07, 2014 12:00 AM | 3576 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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 was arrested Tuesday in the Feb. 22, 1974, stabbing of 21-yearold Eileen Ferro of Shrewsbury, Mass. “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. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer in Massachusetts.

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

Guthrie submitted a DNA sample to authorities after a probation violation on a sex charge in California, Early said.

Early’s cold-case unit found viable blood samples from the 1974 crime scene and got a match after putting it into a national DNA database.

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