Cold case suspect at Mahoning County Jail


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The man suspected in a 1974 triple murder in Canfield has been brought to the Mahoning County Jail to face charges.

James Ferrara, 64, has been serving a life sentence at the Marion Correctional Institution for two drug-related murders in Columbus. Last week, Ferrara was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on three counts of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of robbery.

He is accused in the 1974 slayings of Benjamin Marsh, his wife, Marilyn Marsh, and their 4-year-0ld daughter, Heather. The couple’s 1-year-old son, Christopher, was not injured.

Ferrara will remain at the Mahoning County Jail until his court arraignment at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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