Craigslist Murder Suspect: ‘I Feared for my Life’
AKRON – Seventeen-year-old Brogan Rafferty, accused in the so-called “Craigslist Murders,” took the stand Tuesday.
He said he was forced to help Richard Beasley, 53, commit murder.
“When I looked up, Mr. Beasley pulled out a pistol and shot Mr. Geiger in the back of the head,” Rafferty said in court regarding the first murder. ”I didn’t think it was real. It was as if I slipped into a dream.”
The Stow teenager is being charged as an adult, though he was 16 when the crimes were committed. Rafferty faces multiple charges including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and grand theft.
The charges stem from the murders of David Pauley, Ralf Geiger and Tim Kern, who are believed to have been shot and killed by co-defendant Richard Beasley while answering a Craigslist ad for employment as a farm hand on a rural property in Caldwell.
“He (Beasley) had a kitchen knife and he pointed it at me and said ‘I know where your sisters are, and I know where your mother is. Don’t tell anyone at all’,” said Rafferty.
Rafferty said he feared for his life.
Prosecutors asked him why he didn’t call police at any stage during the three-month ordeal.
Rafferty said he thought he would be killed or that Beasley would go after his family.
Testimony will continue Wednesday.
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