WORCESTER, Mass. — A 71-year-old Georgia man charged with killing a Massachusetts woman nearly 42 years ago is scheduled to face trial early next year. The Telegram & Gazette reported that on Thursday a judge scheduled Lonzo Guthrie’s murder trial to start Feb. 11. The Austell, Georgia, man has pleaded not guilty to the February 1974 stabbing death of 21-year-old Eileen Ferro in her Shrewsbury home. Ferro was found dead a day after Guthrie delivered furniture to the home.

Guthrie was linked to the killing when blood evidence from the scene matched a DNA sample he submitted because of a California rape conviction.

Guthrie’s lawyer says his client “absolutely” denies killing Ferro. The defense has filed a motion asking that Guthrie be allowed to submit evidence suggesting someone else committed the crime.