Attorney agrees to allow Miranda Barbour to remain at SCI-Muncy
SUNBURY - Accused murderer Miranda Barbour will remain in SCI-Muncy, but will be allowed to confer with her attorney at Northumberland County Prison on occasion when she has legal proceedings coming up at the courthouse.
Judge Charles Saylor issued an order Thursday afternoon canceling today's scheduled hearing that involved argument over whether Barbour would remain at the state correctional institution for women or be transferred back to the county jail, where she had been held since her Dec. 3 arrest before being transferred Feb. 21.
The order states, "The defendant shall continue to be housed at SCI-Muncy.
By separate order, under seal, arrangements have been made for the defendant's counsel to have reasonable access and transportation arrangements to meet with the defendant on occasion at Northumberland County Prison."
Chief public defender Edward Greco, who represents Barbour, said he is pleased with the stipulations made by attorneys in the case regarding his access to his 19-year-old client.
Her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, who also is charged with homicide in the Nov. 11 slaying of Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton, was transferred Wednesday from Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg to the county jail in Sunbury.
Lawyers for both defendants and prosecutors met for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon to discuss issues pertaining to the case, particularly pre-trial motions filed by Greco that will be argued at a future hearing.
A time frame for district attorney Tony Rosini to provide discovery evidence in the case to the defense also was discussed.
Wednesday's pre-hearing conference was held in Saylor's chambers and was not open to the public.
Greco, who was not aware his client was being moved to SCI-Muncy, previously claimed the transfer violated Barbour's constitutional rights and harmed his ability to prepare a defense since he wouldn't be able to easily communicate with Barbour.
Northumberland County Prison Warden Roy Johnson, who decided to transfer Barbour to SCI-Muncy, was scheduled to testify at today's hearing before Saylor to show just cause for his decision to transfer the defendant.
During Tuesday's prison board meeting, Johnson said the international attention about Barbour's claim to The Daily Item that she killed more than 22 people has disrupted security and efficiency at the prison, which among other issues, prompted her transfer.
The warden also said it costs the county $65 per day to house Barbour at SCI-Muncy, whereas it cost $100 per day to incarcerate her husband at Columbia County Prison, prompting Elytte's return.