Barbour’s day out in court
SUNBURY – A photo of the knife allegedly used in the death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara was shown as part of evidence in Northumberland County Court Tuesday. Judge Charles Saylor will make some decisions soon regarding accused killer 19-year-old Miranda Barbour. Barbour was in court on two pre-trial motions. Her defense attorney wants a search warrant of Barbour’s home thrown out, saying there were errors in the warrant that was issued by Sunbury Police. Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini argues that a mistake of an address in the search warrant did not hinder officers’ abilities to search Barbour’s residence.
In December, Barbour’s husband, 22-year-old Elytte Barbour had told police there was a knife in the attic of their Water Street home in Selinsgrove. Police did locate the knife in the location Barbour had described.
On the stand Tuesday, Valerie Spring, who lived in the home, said she allowed police to search the home anytime they wanted. Both the defense and prosecution will submit briefs to the judge and he will make a decision on whether to allow the search warrant to be permissible in trial. If the search warrant is thrown out, it is possible that the prosecution will not be able to use the knife as evidence in the trial.
Also at issue was Barbour’s motion to suppress the murder confession she gave to Selinsgrove State Police. Her attorney says that Barbour was read her Miranda Rights, but was not given the right to a lawyer. Rosini argues that Barbour was not in custody at the time of the confession, so she had no right to a lawyer. Judge Saylor said he would decide, by the end of this month, if the confession will be thrown out.
Elytte Barbour also had a very short pre-trial hearing Tuesday. At issue was his charge of robbery in addition to the murder of LaFerrara. Saylor concluded that charges of robbery would stand, which means, if convicted, Barbour, like Miranda Barbour, is eligible for the death penalty. (Sara Bartlett)