Thu 1:53 p.m.: Man convicted in 1974 murders

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mahoning County jury has found a former Trumbull County man now serving prison time in another case guilty of murdering a Canfield couple and their 4-year-old daughter in 1974.

James Ferrara, 64, is to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Friday in the killings of Benjamin Marsh, 33, his wife, Marilyn, 32, and their 4-year-old daughter, Heather, at their home on South Turner on Dec. 13, 1972.

The jury deliberated about 45 minutes before the judge released them for the night. Deliberations resumed around 8:30 a.m. today and concluded just before 1:30 p.m. when the jury signaled a verdict had been reached.