Accused Craigslist Killer Due in Court Wednesday

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AKRON, Ohio — One of the two individuals accused in a series of killings that allegedly started with a phony ad on Craigslist will be in a Summit County courtroom on Wednesday afternoon.

Richard Beasley will be in court for a status hearing in connection with the 28 count indictment he is facing related to murders prosecutors say he committed last year.

Beasley and his co-conspirator, Brogan Rafferty, 18, of Stow, are accused of luring 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.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says that Beasley is faces numerous charges related to the homicides, including numerous counts of aggravated murder. The specifications of the aggravated murder charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.
Beasley and Rafferty have pleaded not guilty to the alleged murders.

Rafferty cannot receive the death penalty under Ohio law because he was under 18 at the time the alleged crimes were committed.

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