Lonzo Guthrie, 69, of Austell pleaded not guilty Monday to a 40-year-old murder case in Massachusetts.
Guthrie “absolutely denies” killing Eileen Ferro in February of 1974 in Shrewsbury, Mass., his lawyer said after his client’s plea in Worcester Superior Court, the Telegram and Gazette reports
Guthrie, who lived in Worcester at the time of the murder, was arrested in Douglas County in February 2014, then extradited to Massachussetts.
Investigators linked Guthrie to the crime with DNA taken after he was arrested for driving without a license in Georgia.
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. Because of that conviction, he was required to submit a DNA sample after the traffic offense in Georgia.
The sample apparently matched DNA from the murder scene, according to investigators, and led to the charge.
Guthrie, who was questioned following the 1974 slaying, reportedly delivered furniture to Ferro’s house the day before the crime.