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Austell man arraigned for 1974 murder in Massachusetts

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A 69-year-old Austell man was arraigned today in a Douglas County courtroom for a murder that occurred over four decades ago when a Massachusetts woman was found stabbed to death, Boston's WCVB reports.

Lonzo Guthrie appeared in court today to answer charges filed against him for the 1974 murder of 21-year-old Eileen Ferro. The murder occurred only a day after Guthrie delivered furniture to her home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Ferro was found by her husband, a dental hygienist, who immediately informed authorities. Although Guthrie was questioned, he was never charged.

Recent DNA evidence, however, that was taken from from Guthrie prior to a California rape conviction was matched to the scene of Ferro's murder. Guthrie's attorney states that as a furniture mover, Guthrie frequently cut and bruised his arms and hands, and could have easily left blood behind while delivering Ferro's furniture. Yet, Georgia authorities state that Guthrie's DNA was found under Ferro's fingernails.

Guthrie denies the charges. He plead not guilty before returning back to jail.

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