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Suspects in Pennsylvania Craigslist killing have Harnett ties

Posted December 9, 2013

— A married couple who Pennsylvania police say lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad has ties to Harnett County.

Elytte Randle Barbour, 22, and Miranda Kamille Barbour, 18, were arrested last week in connection with the death of Troy LaFerrara, whose body was found Nov. 12 in an alley in Sunbury, a small city about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

According to Sunbury police, Elytte Barbour told officers before his arrest Friday that he and his wife had planned to kill before but that their plans never worked out until last month when LaFerrara, 42, responded to an online posting that promised companionship in return for money.

Elytte Barbour told investigators that he hid under a blanket in the backseat of the couple's SUV as his wife picked up LaFerrara at a mall Nov. 11. He told police that, on his wife's signal, he wrapped a cord around LaFerrara's neck, restraining him while Miranda Barbour stabbed him.

LaFerrara was stabbed at least 20 times, police said, although they won't comment on what they believe is a possible motive for the crime.

The couple, who had been married only three weeks at the time of the crime, had recently moved to the area from Coats, where Miranda Barbour lived, according to an Oct. 22 application for a marriage license.

Neighbors said Monday that she lived with relatives at a home on East Main Street and worked at a local Carlie C's IGA grocery store.

No one at the store would comment Monday and no one appeared to be at the East Main Street home Monday morning. No one answered the door at a Cary home where, according to the marriage license, Miranda Barbour's mother lives.

Authorities say Miranda Barbour also has a daughter who was born last July, and that investigators also plan to look into the death of the child's father. They would not say if there is a suspicion of foul play.

Elytte Barbour was listed on the marriage application as living with his parents at their home on Tart Road West just outside Coats in Dunn. A man who answered the door there Monday afternoon declined to comment on the case.

Neighbors said they saw Miranda Barbour in passing and that she seemed like a sweet girl and that they are shocked by the allegations and news of her arrest.

She was charged Tuesday, a day after police first contacted her.

She initially denied knowing LaFerrara, but her story evolved as investigators gathered evidence, including the discovery that the last call received by the victim's cellphone was made from her number, according to an affidavit in her case.

That affidavit said Miranda Barbour acknowledged meeting the victim in nearby Selinsgrove and driving with him to Sunbury, where they parked.

She said LaFerrara groped her and she took a knife from between the front seats and stabbed him after he put his hand around her throat, according to the affidavit.

Police said Miranda Barbour had told them she purchased cleaning supplies at a department store after stabbing LaFerrara, then picked up her husband and took him to a strip club for his birthday.

On Friday, police said, Elytte Barbour told them he was the one who had purchased the cleaning products, an account investigators said was backed up by surveillance footage.

Following his wife's arrest, Elytte Barbour told The Daily Item of Sunbury that Miranda Barbour regularly hired herself out as a "companion" to men she met on various websites, a business venture he said he supported because it didn't involve sexual contact.

Elytte Barbour said his wife made anywhere from $50 to $850 by meeting with men for such activities as having dinner together or walking around a mall. The ads she placed on websites including Craigslist all said upfront that sex was not part of the deal, he said.

"She is not a prostitute," he told the newspaper. "What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives, and she meets with them and has delightful conversation."

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  • venomous Dec 11, 9:56 a.m.

    Only two words need for this garbage.Death sentence.It's a shame they don't use the electric chair anymore.I don't see any one else deserve it better then these two.

  • twsw1987 Dec 11, 8:22 a.m.

    Shortcake53, these two were of age and responsible for their own actions. As far as the girl goes, I do not know what her childhood was like, but I do know the family that tried to help her get on the RIGHT track. I know that they are Christian folks who give of themselves to our community on a regular basis and have had a positive and personal impact on my own children. Our Holy Bible is full of stories of individuals who were "raised right" but went on to commit horrible crimes and make awful personal choices. To judge these families is wrong. This man who was killed made a personal choice that was not exactly in his best interest from the start, He suffered a horrible consequence. BUT just like the family of the man these two killed, they need our prayers of support because they are distraught and hurting too.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Dec 10, 4:52 p.m.

    Sex not part of deal, just robbery and homicide.

  • shortcake53 Dec 10, 2:09 p.m.

    twsw, actions speak louder than words.........

  • twsw1987 Dec 10, 12:57 p.m.

    Thanks to whoever raised these two completely unfeeling,heartless,stupid,worthless individuals. Are you proud of them now? How is it possible that you didnt instill compassion,decency,and basic human emotion? I just do NOT understand how they could do this.........unforgiveable.

    While I do not have personal relationships with either of these two, I know the family of the young man and I can promise that he was NOT raised to be like this. As far as the young woman, the relatives who took her in and tried to help her did their best to provide she and her baby the type of homelife and structure she needed. Everyone who knows anything about these families knows that they are heartbroken and shocked about what has happened. So while you may judge these two for their actions, leave off judgement for those who raised them and cared about their lives, they are victims too!

  • shortcake53 Dec 10, 12:29 p.m.

    Thanks to whoever raised these two completely unfeeling,heartless,stupid,worthless individuals. Are you proud of them now? How is it possible that you didnt instill compassion,decency,and basic human emotion? I just do NOT understand how they could do this.........unforgiveable.

  • itsmyownopinion Dec 10, 12:20 p.m.

    To those of you complaining about WRAL posting this news because the crime was not committed in your neighborhood, please find something else to do, somewhere else to be rather than on WRAL boring those who might find this news article more interesting that your blabber. What could you possibly find to occupy your time if it were not for WRAL? I suspect most of you are posting on time owed to your employer, as most of you vanish around 5:00 p.m.
    This story interests me because I have friends and family in PA.

  • bubbaOK Dec 10, 9:50 a.m.

    Bored stiff no more?

  • Lightfoot3 Dec 10, 8:54 a.m.

    "business venture he said he supported because it didn't involve sexual contact." - article


    Yeah, right. I can believe he's probably stupid enough to believe his wife that she wasn't selling sex, but unless he was there to verify, more than likely she was just a common prostitute. He should get tested for STDs.

  • RamsesIV Dec 10, 8:51 a.m.

    Clyde didn't make Bonnie evil. Eve didn't make Adam eat the fruit. Two involved. Two should be jailed for life.

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