Trial Date Set for Akron Man Accused of Craigslist Killings

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The man prosecutors say pulled the trigger in a series of murders last year that allegedly started with a phony ad on Craigslist now knows the day he’ll stand trial for the crimes.

Prosecutors in Summit County tell Fox 8 News that 52-year-old Richard Beasley, of Akron, will have his day in court beginning January 7, 2013.

Beasley was indicted on 28 counts in late January, including aggravated murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery. Summit County prosecutors say Beasley and Brogan Rafferty, 17, of Stow, lured people to a rural Noble County farm with the promise of a job.

The two, according to prosecutors, then robbed and killed three of the applicants. A fourth applicant was able to escape and contact police.

Authorities found shallow graves containing the bodies of 51-year-old David Pauley, of Virginia, and 56-year-old Ralph Geiger, of Akron.

The body of Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, was found in a shallow grave in Summit County.

Both Beasley and Rafferty were arrested in November 2011.

The specifications of Beasley’s aggravated murder charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.

Beasley and Rafferty have both pleaded not guilty to the alleged murders.