DNA Breakthrough Leads to Arrest of Austell Man for 1974 Murder

Lonzo Guthrie, 69, is accused in the 1974 murder of Eileen Ferro of Shrewsbury, Mass.

Lonzo Guthrie. Credit: Douglas County Jail
Lonzo Guthrie. Credit: Douglas County Jail

A Massachusetts district attorney said Thursday that DNA evidence warranted the arrest of an Austell man in a decades-old murder case.

Lonzo Guthrie, 69, of Love Street in Austell, is being held in the Douglas County Jail, accused in the murder of Eileen Ferro of Shrewsbury, Mass., who was found stabbed multiple times on Feb. 22, 1974.

According to this report on MassLive.com, Worcester County DA Joseph Early said, “It was a particularly gruesome murder and we believe he was the murderer.”

According to Douglas County jail records, Guthrie is being held without bond. He was taken into custody Tuesday evening. He awaits extradition to Massachusetts.

Early said in a Thursday press conference that DNA evidence taken after a recent traffic offense in Georgia linked Guthrie to the crime.

Guthrie is a registered sex offender in Georgia who was convicted of rape by forced sodomy in California in October of 1974, according to online reports. Guthrie had moved to Los Angeles within six weeks of the murder.

He was registered as a sex offender in Georgia in 2011.

According to the MassLive story, Guthrie was arrested for driving without a license and was required to submit a DNA sample. Early, the district attorney, said a DNA match was found during the summer, prompting investigators to look for the connection.

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Gagal February 07, 2014 at 09:20 AM
It does not appear that registering seems to have any effect on whether he is going to repeat or get away with his crimes. Something else needs to be done to stop sexual predators!
Hale February 07, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Closure for the victim's family, at least. One less animal walking the streets.
Valerie Parkhurst February 08, 2014 at 04:55 AM
DNA testing is paramount to bringing closure to so many families effected by freaks as this.
Lonzo Corinthy A Guthrie May 14, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Leave the justice up to God cause we all gone have to answer to him at judgement day. he says he will fight our battles so don't wish or say bad things about someone else if you don't want God to judge you according to your action. i pray for both families that justice will be served accordingly and that closer will take place . but i don't wish any thing bad to no one. we all have made many mistakes in our lives and God as forgiven us so lets be careful how we are judging people because we all belong to God.


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