Hearing in Elyette Barbour case postponed
SUNBURY - Today's hearing for accused murderer Elytte Barbour to discuss the hiring of a private investigator and other court matters has been postponed until 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 3.
The hearing was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. before Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor, but was continued at the request of Barbour's attorney, James Best, of Sunbury.
Saylor previously granted Best's request to hire Jean M. Landis, of Bethlehem, as a mitigation expert to assist the attorney in preparing a mitigation defense in the event Barbour's trial proceeds to the death penalty phase.
Landis will receive her customary rate of $100 per hour at a maximum of $5,000 for her services, which will be paid by the county since Barbour is indigent.
The order calls for Northumberland County Prison Warden Roy Johnson to grant Landis full access to the defendant so she can proceed with her investigation. If Barbour is transferred to another prison, the same access must be granted to Landis.
Barbour is currently housed at the county jail after previously being incarcerated at Columbia County Prison, Bloomsburg.
Barbour, 22, and his 19-year-old wife, Miranda Barbour, are charged by Sunbury police with criminal homicide and related offenses in connection with the Nov. 11 stabbing death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton, whose body was found in a backyard in the 200 block of Catawissa Avenue.
Miranda Barbour remains at SCI-Muncy.