Man to be arraigned in 1974 Massachusetts slaying

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Updated: Fri, 02 May 2014 07:15:39 EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A 69-year-old Georgia man is headed to court to face charges in connection with a fatal stabbing in Massachusetts four decades ago.

Authorities say Lonzo Guthrie, of Austell, Georgia, is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge Friday in Worcester Superior Court.

Prosecutors allege Guthrie fatally stabbed 21-year-old Eileen Ferro in February 1974 after delivering furniture to her Shrewsbury home.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Guthrie, a former Worcester resident, was questioned during the original investigation. Guthrie was recently linked to the slaying when evidence from the scene matched a DNA sample he submitted after a California rape conviction.

It was unclear if Guthrie had a lawyer in Massachusetts, but at a fugitive hearing in February he denied killing anyone.

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