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Miranda Barbour wanted to get arrest over with

SUNBURY – Miranda K. Barbour told police she didn’t want to leave the state police barracks after her interview about her role in Troy LaFerrara’s homicide because she knew they would eventually come for her and she just wanted to get it over with.

That’s what state police Trooper Brent Bobb testified to at this morning’s preliminary hearing for Barbour, charged along with her husband in the stabbing and strangulation death of Troy LaFerrara on Nov. 11 in Sunbury.

All charges against Miranda Barbour, 19, of Selinsgrove, were bound to court following the proceeding, which wrapped up about 1 p.m. It’s expected she’ll seek a trial on homicide, assault, robbery, conspiracy and other charges.

The media was positioned behind the defendant in the courtroom, so it wasn’t possible to see her expression during the hearing. A few times, Barbour, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, appeared to be writing notes.

The preliminary hearing for Elyett Barbour, 22, originally scheduled for 1:15 p.m., is now set to start at 2 p.m.

The couple, who had moved to Selinsgrove from North Carolina a few weeks before the homicide, allegedly planned to kill LaFerrara after he arranged through Craigslist to pay Miranda Barbour for companionship, according to a confession Elyett Barbour gave to police. Her husband hid in the back seat and, at a signal from his wife, wrapped a cable around the defendant’s neck while she began to stab him, 20 times, according to the autopsy.

LaFerrara, who was married, was an engineer who served on the Union-Chapman Township Regional Sewer Authority in Snyder County and was previously a Chapman Township supervisor.

Public Defender Edward Greco specifically tried to have charges of criminal conspiracy to commit homicide and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery dismissed against Miranda Barbour, arguing the evidence was hearsay. But District Attorney Tony Rosini said the prosecution wasn’t obligated to provide all of its evidence at the preliminary hearing, and Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum agreed in moving all of the charges forward.

About 45 minutes of the three-plus-hour hearing involved watching surveillance video from the Selinsgrove Walmart, where, authorities say, the Barbours went to purchase supplies to clean LaFerrara’s blood from Miranda Barbour’s car after the killing. The footage wasn’t clear, but police said it showed both of the defendants get out of the car, but only Elyett Barbou enter the store while Miranda Barbour got back in the car. It showed who police said was Elyett Barbour walking up and down aisles.

Daniel Marks, a loss prevention employee at the store, briefly testified to say he provided police with the tapes.

Also testifying were Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley and Sunbury police officers Jamie Quinn and Travis Bremigen.

Greco said afterward he couldn’t comment on the general condition of his client or whether or not she has expressed remorse.

Jim Best, an independent conflicts counselor and Elyett’s Barbour’s lawyer, said he was hopeful the defendants’ cases could have been merged to save time and resources. He expects considerable repetition in this afternoon’s hearing.

He said he’ll move to consolidate the trials should Elyett Barbour take the same course as his wife.

There was no discussion of the potential for the death penalty for the Barbours, although the alleged premeditation and the commission of a felony while carrying out the alleged killing would be two key determining factors in pursuing that sentence. Greco and Best are both certified as death penalty attorneys.