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February 19, 2014

Police: Links not found in claimed killings by Penn. woman

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— Miranda lived in a strict house, the father said.

“Once all this stuff with drugs started happening we locked our house down,” he said. “She wouldn’t have had the chance to do any of these things she said.”

The father had words for the family of LaFerrara, especially Colleen LaFerrara, Troy’s wife.

“Each morning, I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. If I could trade my life for his, I can honestly say that I would do that for you. Twenty years in the military has taught me to be prepared to sacrifice. As a Christian, I have often struggled with the issue of capital punishment,” he wrote in a prepared statement to the LaFerrara family.

“However, as the reality of it settled in over the past few weeks, I believe God has brought me peace with the fact that capital punishment, if chosen by the jury, is an appropriate end in this situation. In that case, I would stand side by side with you, take your hand, and silently pray that some good may come of this.”

Meanwhile, investigators have yet to substantiate a 19-year-old woman’s claim that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the Pennsylvania murder she is now charged with committing.

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini said in a statement Tuesday “there has been no verification of any of the information that has been the subject of media coverage” in the case of Miranda Barbour, who with husband Elytte Barbour is awaiting trial in the death of a man they’re accused of luring through a Craigslist ad for companionship.

Rosini, who’s pursuing the death penalty for the Barbours, said ethical rules bar him from commenting on Miranda Barbour’s statements.

In the Sunbury homicide investigation, the Barbours repeatedly changed their accounts of the events leading up to the Nov. 11 death of Troy LaFerrara, who police say met up with Miranda Barbour for companionship in exchange for money.

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