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Man charged in 1974 northeast Ohio slayings

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Ohio authorities say they used fingerprint evidence to link a man already serving prison time for murder to the 1974 slayings of three other people, including a 4-year-old girl.

Investigators in Youngstown said 64-year-old James Ferrara was indicted Thursday in the December 1974 slayings of 33-year-old Benjamin Marsh, his 32-year-old wife Marilyn, and their 4-year-old daughter Heather.

Mahoning County officials said the charges came after evidence from the crime scene was submitted to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation database, and they got a match to Ferrara on three different fingerprints.

Officials say Ferrara fatally shot the adults and killed the child by striking her. Officials declined to comment on a possible motive.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/16RtIKr) reports that Ferrara is serving a life prison sentence for two unrelated slayings.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

Associated Press

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