NH man answers to charge in 1969 killing in Mass.

Posted Aug. 25, 2011, at 9:06 p.m.

LOWELL, Mass. — One of three men charged in connection with the killing of a 15-year-old boy back in 1969 has appeared in a Massachusetts court.

Michael Ferreira of Salem, N.H., was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and perjury in Lowell Superior Court on Thursday . A judge set bail at $150,000 and ordered that the 57-year-old Ferreira be required to wear a GPS bracelet if he makes bail.

Prosecutors allege the victim, John McCabe, was kidnapped after leaving a dance and assaulted by three older teens who wanted to teach him a lesson for flirting with a girl. He died of asphyxiation after being bound with rope with his eyes and mouth taped shut.

The case went unsolved for more than four decades before Ferreira, 60-year-old Walter Shelley, of Tewksbury, Mass., and 59-year-old Edward Allen Brown, of Londonderry, N.H., were arrested in April.

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