Accused killers face additional charges of felony robbery and criminal conspiracy
SUNBURY - The Selinsgrove couple accused of killing a Port Trevorton man last month in Sunbury will face additional charges of felony robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery when they appear before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum at Northumberland County Courthouse Friday for their preliminary hearings.
Miranda K. Barbour, who turned 19 Saturday, and Elyett Barbour, 22, were re-arraigned by Apfelbaum Tuesday on the additional charges for allegedly stealing 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara's wallet after police say the pair killed the man in Miranda Barbour's car in Sunbury.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Friday while her husband's is scheduled for 1:15 p.m., both in Courtroom 1 on the second floor. They were moved from the magistrate's office for security and in anticipation of a large number of media being present for the sensational case.
Sunbury police, who filed homicide, assault and other charges against the couple earlier this month, said Miranda Barbour is accused of stabbing LaFerrara approximately 20 times with a knife while her husband strangled him with a cable from the backseat. The incident occurred between the evening hours of Nov. 11 and 11:26 a.m. Nov. 12, when the victim's body was found in a backyard along Catawissa Avenue.
Investigators previously reported Elyett Barbour confessed that the couple committed the crime because they wanted to "murder someone together."
The Barbours, who recently moved to Selinsgrove from North Carolina, are both imprisoned and not eligible for bail because of the homicide charges.
Miranda Barbour, who was charged Dec. 3, first told police she acted alone. She said she arranged to meet LaFerrara through Craigslist to provide companionship in return for money. They met at the Susquehanna Valley Mall and drove to Sunbury, but when LaFerrara began to grope her and put his hand on her neck, she stabbed him, approximately 20 times, the autopsy showed.
Elyett Barbour, who was charged three days later, told a different story. He said he hid under a blanket in the back seat of his wife's car and when she gave a pre-planned signal, he put a cable around LaFerrara's neck and strangled him while his wife stabbed him.
They had tried to kill others, according to the affidavit, but those didn't work out, Elyett Barbour told police.
LaFerrara, who was married, was an engineer who served on the Union-Chapman Township Regional Sewer Authority in Snyder County and was previously a Chapman Township supervisor.