Georgia man arrested in 1974 killing of Massachusetts woman

Published February 06, 2014

| Associated Press

Prosecutors say a Georgia man has been arrested in the killing of a young Shrewsbury, Mass., woman, a few weeks before the 40th anniversary of her death.

Tim Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, said 69-year-old Lonzo Guthrie of Austell, Ga., was arrested Tuesday.

Connolly tells the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that DNA evidence linked Guthrie to the slaying of 21-year-old Eileen Ferro, found fatally stabbed at her home on Feb. 22, 1974.

Connolly said Guthrie is fighting rendition after being arraigned on a fugitive charge in Georgia. He faces a murder charge in Massachusetts. It's not known who is representing him.

Ferro's sister Nancy Donnelly says her family is elated there's a break in the case. She said her parents died without a resolution and she had feared she might as well.

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