Prosecutors ready for fight in Ferrara murder case

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The suspect in the Marsh murder case may not even know that’s he has been indicted.

James Ferrara, 64, faces three new counts of aggravated murder in addition to a 1984 double murder conviction.

Ferrara is currently incarcerated at the Marion Correctional Institute, north of Columbus.

Despite the defenant’s age and reported poor health, prosecutors are not holding back on the case.

“We’re gonna go after it like he’s 20, like it just happened. We’ll try our best. If he wants a trial, he’s gonna get a trial,” said Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa. “My guess is he fought the last one. So, he’s gonna want to fight this one too. He probably thinks he knows more than all his lawyers. He’s not here yet, so we don’t know.”

Although Ferrara is now serving a life sentence, prosecutors expect he will be transferred from Marion to this area within the week so he can make his initial court appearance on the new charges.



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