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New life in 39-year-old cold case

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CANFIELD, Ohio - A 39-year-old cold case has new life.

Three latent prints identified as James P. Ferrara's in 2009 were linked to the brutal 1974 murders of a Canfield Township family inside their Turner Road home.

Benjamin Marsh, a security officer at GM Lordstown, his wife Marilyn and their four-year-old daughter Heather were killed.

One-year-old Christopher Marsh was found alive, covered in blood.

The two Mahoning County Sheriff's detectives who cracked the case, say it took four additional years after getting a hit on the prints because they wanted to leave no stone unturned in the nearly 40-year-old case.

"It was very, very difficult to find evidence after that amount of time. I mean, most organizations purge their records, so it was a lot of interviewing people one-on-one and finding people that worked at GM back then ... so it was a long process. But it finally paid off," says Mahoning County Sheriff's department retired detective David Benigas.

James P. Ferrara is now facing three counts of aggravated murder in this case.

Sources say he also worked at the GM Lordstown facility like victim Ben Marsh.

He's 64-years-old and serving life in prison on two drug related murders in the Columbus area in 1983.

He's been denied parole at least twice and told Ohio's Parole Board about the 1983 murders, "I regret what had happened very much, and I think about it every single day."

Ferrara is not eligible for the death penalty in this triple murder case and he escaped the death penalty in a double murder, ironically because he had no criminal record.

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