Accused Teen Craigslist Killer Pleads Not Guilty to Murders

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The teen suspect accused in a series of murders last year that allegedly started with a phony ad on Craigslist pleaded not guilty to all charges during his initial arraignment in the adult court system.

Fox 8 News cameras were in court as Brogan Rafferty, 16, entered a not guilty plea to all charges he is facing, including the most serious of which, nine counts of aggravated murder.

The aggravated murder charges carry the possibility of the death penalty for Rafferty if he is found guilty.

In late January, Summit County prosecutors filed a motion with the juvenile court system asking for adult charges to be brought against Rafferty due to the seriousness of the crimes he had allegedly committed. That motion was granted, leading to today’s arraignment.

Rafferty and his co-conspirator, Richard Beasley, 52, of Akron, 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 has also pleaded not guilty to the alleged murders.

Rafferty, who was a student at Stow-Munroe Falls High School prior to the arrest, is set to be back in court for a preliminary hearing next week.

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