11 am Tues: Triple murder suspect appears in court

YOUNGSTOWN – The man accused in a 39-year-old Canfield murder appeared in a Mahoning County Courtroom this morning to answer to the charges.

James Ferrara, 64, pleaded not guilty before Mahoning Common Pleas Magistrate Eugene Fehr to three counts of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of robbery. The charges stem from a 1974 triple murder of Benjamin Marsh, his wife Marilyn Marsh and their 4-year-old daughter Heather in their South Turner Road home. The couple’s then-1-year-old son, Christopher, was found at the time bloodied and milling about the dead bodies.

No bond was set in the case, but the issue is expected to be taken up later before assigned Mahoning Common Pleas Judge R. Scott Krichbaum. A pre-trial conference will be held July 9.

Ferrara was transferred last week to Mahoning County Jail from the Marion Correctional Institution where he already is serving a life sentence for two drug-related murders in Columbus.