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Judge: Accused Craigslist killer will face death penalty

Miranda Barbour, accused with her husband of stabbing a man to death after arranging to meet through Craigslist, says her confession should be thrown out.
CBS affiliate WHP

SUNBURY, Pa. - A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has ruled a woman charged along with her newlywed husband of luring a man through Craigslist and killing him can face the death penalty.

Sunbury's The Daily Item newspaper says the Northumberland County judge ruled Monday a jury will be permitted to consider torture and robbery as aggravating factors that could justify the death penalty against 19-year-old Miranda Barbour.

Investigators say Barbour stabbed Troy LaFerrara about 20 times in her parked car while husband Elytte Barbour held a cord tight against his neck from the back seat last November and then dumped his body in an alley.

The Barbours have pleaded not guilty. Both face the death penalty if convicted.