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UPDATE: (Dec. 7, 2013)
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.
Elytte Barbour told officers before his arrest Friday night that he and his wife, Miranda, had planned to kill before, but their plans never worked out until last month when Troy LaFerrara responded to an online posting that promised companionship in return for money, authorities said.
Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, face criminal homicide charges in LaFerrara's death. His body was found Nov. 12 in an alley in Sunbury, a small city about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The couple had recently moved to nearby Selinsgrove from North Carolina.
According to Sunbury police, Elytte Barbour told investigators he hid 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.
The 42-year-old Port Trevorton man was stabbed 20 times, police said.
Miranda Barbour was charged Wednesday. 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 a police affidavit.
The affidavit said Miranda Barbour acknowledged meeting the victim in 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, whom he married Oct. 22, 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.
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 said. "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."
Elytte Barbour didn't have an attorney at his arraignment Friday night. A phone message left for his wife's public defender early Saturday was not immediately returned.
Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo told The Daily Item that investigators will also be looking into the death of a man with whom Miranda Barbour had a 1-year-old child. He would not elaborate.
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Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan (Dec. 5, 2013)
SELINSGROVE -- A Selinsgrove woman is accused of killing a man she met through Craigslist and then celebrating her husband's birthday just hours later in Harrisburg.
CBS 21 talked with her husband, who is convinced it was self-defense.
The couple has only been married a month and they are brand-new to the Selinsgrove area.
This story has shaken up the little towns of Sunbury and Selinsgrove, especially with the incredible twist that Miranda Barbour reportedly celebrated in Harrisburg just after stabbing a man 20 times and dumping his body behind a home in Sunbury.
Nov. 12 started out as a normal morning for Brittany Settler until she looked out the window of her Sunbury home on Catawissa Avenue.
"I was making myself a cup a coffee and when I open the fridge I looked out and was like what is that," Settler said.
Her dog was making a fuss, so she went to look closer.
Thought it was drunk man passed out and I was going to kick him, but I once walked down there, I saw blood everywhere and his face purple, and said, 'That is a body,' she said.
Police identified the victim as 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara and an autopsy recorded 20 stab wounds.
Court records reveal it was the victim's cell phone that lead police to 18-year-old Miranda Barbour of Selinsgrove.
At first she denied knowing Leferrara, telling them she was with her husband in Harrisburg celebrating her husbands birthday the night Leferrara was killed.
But Miranda returned to police the next day at the urging of her husband and confessed but says it was self-defense.
I trust my wife. You don't marry someone that you don't love or trust with all your heart and I believe everything that she told police," Elytte Barbour said.
Court records say Barbour tells police she met LaFerrara through Craigslist.
They met up at the local Susquehanna Valley Mall that night and went to a secluded location where Miranda says he began choking and groping her.
That's when she began stabbing him. Court records say she stabbed him several times and then passed out. She woke to him gasping for air in the car. She then drove around and dumped his body, records say.
"I do not believe this was malicious whatsoever, the husband said. I believe she was attacked and that under those circumstances she took necessary measures to defend yourself.
He also says court records are incorrect. He says his wife was not offering sex for money. He says she was offering only companionship.
Police say theyre investigation continues because there are many loose ends that need to be tied up.
A preliminary hearing for Barbour is scheduled for next week.