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Witness testifies in 43-year-old slaying

  • Edward Allen Brown shows how 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe attempted to defend himself after he was abducted as Brown testifies during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira in court, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)

    Edward Allen Brown shows how 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe attempted to defend himself after he was abducted as Brown testifies during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira in court, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Edward Allen Brown shows how 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe attempted to defend himself after he was abducted as Brown testifies during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira in court, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)

    Edward Allen Brown shows how 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe attempted to defend himself after he was abducted as Brown testifies during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira in court, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)

    Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)

    Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)

    Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Michael Ferreira, left, sits at the defense table during his murder trial in connection with the 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe in Woburn court on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)

    Michael Ferreira, left, sits at the defense table during his murder trial in connection with the 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe in Woburn court on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Michael Ferreira, left, sits at the defense table during his murder trial in connection with the 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe in Woburn court on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)

    Michael Ferreira, left, sits at the defense table during his murder trial in connection with the 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe in Woburn court on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Edward Allen Brown shows how 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe attempted to defend himself after he was abducted as Brown testifies during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira in court, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)
  • Edward Allen Brown shows how 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe attempted to defend himself after he was abducted as Brown testifies during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira in court, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass. Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)
  • Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)
  • Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)
  • Edward Allen Brown stands points to a map of the section of Lowell where 15-year-old John McCabe was murdered in 1969 during the murder trial of Michael Ferreira on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)
  • Michael Ferreira, left, sits at the defense table during his murder trial in connection with the 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe in Woburn court on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)
  • Michael Ferreira, left, sits at the defense table during his murder trial in connection with the 1969 murder victim 15-year-old John McCabe in Woburn court on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Woburn, Mass.  Ferreira, 58, and two others are accused of the 1969 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Josh Reynolds, Pool)

Prosecutors say the older teens abducted 15-year-old John McCabe in Tewksbury in September 1969, bound him, taped his eyes and mouth and left him in a Lowell field where he suffocated. Charges were filed in 2011 after Edward Brown, 61, now of Londonderry, N.H., told his story to authorities. On Friday, Brown testified in the murder trial of Michael Ferreira, 59, of Salem, N.H. Ferreira’s attorney, Eric Wilson, has said Brown is a liar whose version of events doesn’t match the evidence.

Walter Shelley, 61, of Tewskbury also has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. Brown is charged with manslaughter in a plea agreement. Brown testified the three forced McCabe into a car as he walked home from a school dance.

He said thought his friends were only going to scare McCabe because he had flirted with Shelley’s girlfriend. Brown said Ferreira and Shelley dragged McCabe out of the car. Brown said he sat on McCabe’s legs while Ferreira hogtied him.

Brown said the youths were shocked when they later returned to the field and found McCabe wasn’t breathing.

He said Ferreira warned them to keep quiet or he would kill them.

Brown testified he eventually told authorities his story because, “I’m a parent. If something happened to one of my children, I’d want to know,” The Boston Globe reported.

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