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A lot of people are buzzing about this 42 year old murder trial that ended in an acquittal for the defendant Lonzo Guthrie:
Here’s what we know:
- Eileen Ferro was a 21 year old Shrewsbury resident who was brutally murdered, stabbed in the face and mutilated, on February 22, 1974.
- Her husband Anthony Ferro discovered her body at 9:30 after he got home from work where he sold cars.
- Anthony Ferro was a suspect initially, but his coworkers all confirm his alibi.
- There was no forced entry and the house was not robbed, leading police to believe that this was someone she knew.
- Eileen Ferro was having an affair with a man named Peter Consiglio Jr, and was with him the night before she was murdered. She came home very late that night and got into a fight with her husband about it.
- Anthony Ferro did not know his wife was cheating on him, but had “jokingly” threatened once that he would cut her face off if she did cheat on him. He says he had his suspicions though.
- Lonzo Guthrie delivered a hutch to her house the day before the murder. Blood that was found on the scene was determined to have possibly come from him in 2013, thus he was not arrested until 2014.
- Lonzo Guthrie moved from Worcester a couple months afterwards to California, where he was arrested for tying a woman up, raping her, and stabbing her. She survived and he served 7 years in prison. His DNA was then in the system which made him a match when the blood found in Shrewsbury was tested once again.
- The infamously lenient, Deval Patrick-appointed hyphenated judge, Janet Kenton-Walker, would not allow the prosecution to mention the rape conviction during the trial to the jury. Thus the jury had no idea that he Lonzo Guthrie did indeed possess the capacity to kill a woman.
- The defense pointed their fingers at the husband, claiming he had the motive since he wife had cheated on him.
- The defense claims that the blood that was found in the house could have happened when Lonzo cut himself the previous day while delivering the hutch.
- A witness who spoke with Eileen the day she was murdered said that Eileen was scared of her husband because she thought he knew about the affair.
- A jury rules rather quickly that Lonzo Guthrie is not guilty.
This story is fascinating. I like a guilty verdict just as much as the next guy, but at the same time, I don’t know if I could vote to convict if I were on this jury. At least based on what was presented. But seriously, only in Massachusetts would a judge not allow the prosecution to bring up the fact that the defendant brutally raped and stabbed another woman a couple months afterwards. Because that’s not like a HUGE red flag or anything like that. Oh yea, and did I mention that he’s also suspected in the disappearance of another fiance?
Did Lonzo Guthrie murder Eileen Ferro? If you had a gun to my head I’d say yea, probably. My question is, how come no one brought up the side-boy toy at all during the trial? I’m sure he’s a nice guy and all, but he was sleeping with a married woman who ended up getting killed. Just weird that he wasn’t brought up at all.
Eileen Ferro was hot:
And quite frankly she was too young, and too hot to be married. There’s no way her husband could’ve done it because of his alibi. So could it have been someone else? Could Anthony Ferro have fired someone to kill her? Or could she have been sleeping with someone else? Anything is possible. There were no signs of forced entry, so it must have been someone she was at least somewhat familiar with.
But at the end of the day I have faith in a quick jury. Any jury that can come back with a verdict of not guilty in less than 3 hours must’ve found the prosecution’s case pretty damn unconvincing. One of these jurors has apparently decided to share her thoughts in the Telegram’s comment section, using the alias, “Ogla Jones-harrington,” and friends of the victim are PISSED at her:
Alright, first of all, the fact that she was not sexually assaulted is irrelevant. If Lonzo really is the killer, then it’s conceivable that he didn’t rape her because she was too busy putting up a fight so he slashed her face. It would also explain how he was cut and bled. But, she did her job as a juror. She wasn’t aware that Lonzo was a sexual predator.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this. Never seen a juror go on the comments section afterwards and defend their not guilty verdict. This of course opened up all sorts of fireworks from the victim’s family and other witnesses who took the stand, which made it probably the most entertaining comments section since we first blogged about Colrain:
That’s when people started going after the juror:
One of the witnesses for the defense is a woman named Debbie Flanagan, who spoke with Eileen the day she died. She thinks the husband did it:
This of course would give credence to the not guilty verdict, which the family of the victim obviously didn’t want. That’s when the real fun started and she was accused of not really being friends with Debbie:
Debbie wasn’t liking that:
It’s cool though, because Olga believed her:
There was a little more banter and then it kind of died off:
All I gotta say is, I don’t know if Lonzo Guthrie killed Eileen Ferro, but this comment section was by far the most riveting entertainment I’ve had in a long time. The bottom line is that according to this juror, she would’ve found him not guilty even if she knew about the rape conviction, so why not at least have it presented to the jury. Judges like Janet Kenton-Walker are the reason that people commit crimes. Because they know she’ll let them get away it.
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