Craigslist slaying suspect’s confession upheld

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) – A judge says that prosecutors can use a confession made by a woman charged with her newlywed husband with luring a Pennsylvania man through Craigslist and killing him.

Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor said Thursday that the confession can be used against Miranda Barbour at her trial.

A public defender tried to get the December confession thrown out, arguing she wasn’t provided an attorney during questioning. Prosecutors said Barbour wasn’t given a public defender during the interview because she had come to the state police barracks voluntarily, and wasn’t under arrest or charged at the time.

Investigators say Barbour stabbed 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara about 20 times in her parked car as her husband Elytte Barbour held a cord against his neck from the back seat.

They have pleaded not guilty.

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