Newlyweds celebrated their three-week anniversary by luring a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.
Elytte Barbour told officers before his arrest Friday that he and his wife, Miranda, planned to kill before but their plans never worked out ... until last month.
When Troy LaFerrara responded to their online posting that promised companionship in return for money, it was on, said the 22-year-old Barbour.
Elytte and Miranda Barbour, 18, both face criminal homicide charges in LaFerrara's death. His body was found November 12 in an alley in Sunbury, Pa.
The couple recently moved to nearby Selinsgrove from North Carolina.
According to Sunbury police, Elytte Barbour told investigators he hid in the backseat of the couple's SUV as his wife picked up LaFerrara at a mall.
He told police that, on his wife's signal, he wrapped a cord around LaFerrara's neck, restraining him while Miranda Barbour stabbed him.
The 42-year-old man was stabbed 20 times, investigators said.
Miranda Barbour was charged last Wednesday. She initially denied knowing LaFerrara, but her story evolved as investigators gathered evidence.
In particular, officials discovered that the last call received by the victim's mobile phone was made from her number, according to a police affidavit.
The affidavit revealed that Miranda Barbour acknowledged meeting the victim in Selinsgrove then driving with him to Sunbury, where they parked.
She said LaFerrara groped her and she took a knife from between the front seats and stabbed him after he put his hand around her throat, according to reports.
Police said Miranda Barbour had told them she purchased cleaning supplies at a department store after stabbing LaFerrara, then picked up her husband.
At that point, she took him to a strip club for his birthday.
On Friday, police said Elytte Barbour told them it was he that had purchased the cleaning products, an account police say is backed up by surveillance footage.
Following his wife's arrest, Elytte Barbour said his wife of three weeks regularly hired herself out as a "companion" to men she met on various websites.
Barbour said his wife made anywhere from $50 to $850 for meeting with men for such benign activities as having dinner or walking around a mall.
The ads she placed on websites including Craigslist all said upfront that sex was not part of the deal, he insists: "She is not a prostitute," he said.
"What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives and she meets with them and has delightful conversation."
Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo said investigators will also be looking into the death of a man with whom Miranda Barbour had a 1-year-old child.