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UPDATE: Craigslist Killer Sentenced To Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Updated: 04/04/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 53-year-old self-styled street preacher who teamed up with a high school student in a deadly plot to lure men with bogus Craigslist job offers has been sentenced to death in Ohio.

An Akron judge sentenced Richard Beasley on Thursday. The jury that convicted him of murder recommended that he face execution.

UPDATE: 03/26/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge has postponed sentencing of a self-styled street preacher in the murders of three down-and-out men lured by Craigslist job offers after a defense attorney fell ill.

Judge Lynne Callahan in Akron rescheduled 53-year-old Richard Beasley's sentencing for April 4. Last week the jury that convicted Beasley voted that he should be executed.

The judge has the option of reducing the sentence to life in prison.

One of Beasley's attorneys was sick, prompting postponement of Tuesday's hearing.

Teenage co-defendant Brogan Rafferty was sentenced last year to life without parole. Because of his age, he wasn't eligible for the death penalty.

Three men were killed in the robbery plot. A fourth who was wounded testified at Beasley's trial.

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UPDATE: 03/20/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A jury in Ohio has recommended the death penalty for a triple killer who lured victims with bogus Craigslist job offers.

The Akron jury that convicted 53-year-old Richard Beasley made its recommendation Wednesday after hearing from witnesses on his behalf. Beasley's mother and a psychologist portrayed him as a man suffering from depression and other problems after a troubled, abusive childhood.

The self-styled street preacher was convicted of teaming up with a teenager in 2011 to lure men with offers of farmhand jobs in southeast Ohio and to rob them. Three men were killed, and a fourth was wounded.

Beasley's co-defendant, then 16, was too young to face the death penalty. Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on his conviction last year.

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UPDATE: 03/20/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A psychologist testifying to spare the life of a triple killer who lured his victims with Craigslist job offers says the defendant suffers from personality disorders.

Psychologist John Fabian testified Wednesday in Akron, Ohio, as the defense tries to persuade a jury to spare the life of 53-year-old Richard Beasley.

Fabian says Beasley suffers from depression, alcohol abuse, low self-esteem and a feeling of isolation, all possible results of a troubled, abusive childhood. Beasley's mother testified earlier about his difficult childhood.

The same jury that convicted Beasley must decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison.

Beasley's co-defendant, then 16 years old, was too young to face the death penalty. Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on his conviction last year.

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UPDATE: 03/20/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The mother of a triple killer who lured his victims with Craigslist job offers is seeking to spare his life, testifying that he had a troubled childhood and suffered physical and sexual abuse.

Carol Beasley testified Wednesday in Akron in the sentencing phase of the trial of her son, 53-year-old Richard Beasley. He was convicted last week of killing three men and wounding a fourth, all lured with offers of farmhand jobs in southeast Ohio in 2011.

The same jury must now decide whether to recommend the death penalty.

Beasley's co-defendant, then 16 years old, was too young to face the death penalty. Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on his conviction last year.

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UPDATED: 03/13/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio jury must return March 20 to decide whether to recommend the death penalty for a man convicted of murder, kidnapping and robbery in a plot to lure men with Craigslist job offers and rob them.

Fifty-three-year-old ex-convict Richard Beasley slumped forward when the verdict was read in an Akron courtroom Tuesday night. He was found guilty of killing three men and wounding a fourth in 2011.

Prosecutors say he was the triggerman in the plot with a student he mentored. Brogan Rafferty, 16 at the time of the crimes, was convicted and sentenced last year to life in prison without the chance of parole.

Given his age, Rafferty wasn't eligible for the death penalty.

Jurors and attorneys for both sides remain under a gag order pending the sentencing.

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UPDATED: 03/12/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A self-styled street preacher accused in a deadly plot to lure men with Craigslist job offers in Ohio and then rob them has been found guilty of aggravated murder and could face the death penalty.

A jury in Akron returned the verdict Tuesday in the case against Richard Beasley.

Two men from Ohio and one from Norfolk, Va., were slain. A man from South Carolina was shot but survived.

Prosecutors labeled the 53-year-old Beasley the triggerman in the 2011 plot with a high school student, who was convicted and sentenced last year to life in prison without the chance of parole. The teenage co-defendant had said he feared for his safety if he didn't cooperate with Beasley.

Beasley's lawyers had said investigators targeted him based only on a hunch. They said the identity theft and robbery motives prosecutors offered were baseless.

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UPDATE: 03/12/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio jury has reached a verdict in the murder case against an ex-convict charged in the deaths of three men lured with Craigslist job offers.

The trial judge in Akron sent word Tuesday to all parties involved in the case against Richard Beasley to convene in her courtroom.

Two men from Ohio and one from Norfolk, Va., were slain. A man from South Carolina was shot but survived.

Beasley could face the death penalty if convicted.

Prosecutors say he plotted with a teenager, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Beasley says investigators targeted him based only on a hunch.

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UPDATE: 03/12/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Jurors have begun their first full day of deliberating the case against the alleged triggerman charged with killing three men in Ohio by luring them with Craigslist job offers.

The jury in Akron got the case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley Monday afternoon and deliberated into the evening as the judge suggested. Jurors returned Tuesday morning.

The jury will be sequestered in a hotel each night until reaching a verdict.

If Beasley is convicted of aggravated murder, the same jury will return later to consider whether to recommend the death penalty.

His 18-year-old co-defendant, Brogan Rafferty, was convicted and sentenced last year to life in prison without chance of parole. Brogan was under 18 at the time of the crimes and was ineligible for the death penalty.

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UPDATE: 03/11/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The case against the alleged triggerman charged in Ohio with killing three men by luring them with Craigslist job offers has gone to the jury.

A judge in Akron turned the case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley over to jurors late Monday afternoon after closing statements. The judge suggested they deliberate until 9 p.m.

Jurors will be sequestered in a hotel during deliberations

If Beasley is convicted of aggravated murder, the same jury will return to decide whether to recommend the death penalty.

Prosecutors said Beasley and a teenage co-defendant who has been convicted used the job postings as bait in a robbery plot aimed at down-on-their-luck victims with few family ties that might highlight their disappearance.

A fourth victim was wounded and escaped. The survivor testified against both defendants.

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UPDATE: 03/11/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The murder trial of the alleged triggerman in the killings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers in Ohio is winding down, with the judge instructing the jury on the law.

Judge Lynne Callahan in Akron outlined legal aspects of the case for the jury on Monday, including charges that could make 53-year-old defendant Richard Beasley subject to a possible death penalty.

The jury was scheduled to deliberate after closing statements from both sides.

Beasley is charged with killing three men and wounding a fourth man. Beasley, an ex-convict and one-time street preacher, could face the death penalty if convicted.

He says he knew nothing about the killings.

Eighteen-year-old co-defendant Brogan Rafferty was convicted and sentenced last year to life in prison without chance of parole.

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UPDATE: 03/11/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The murder trial of the alleged triggerman in the killings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers in Ohio is winding down.

The trial judge in Akron has scheduled closing statements Monday. Then the case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley will go to the jury for deliberations.

He's charged with killing three men and wounding a fourth man. Beasley, an ex-convict and one-time street preacher, could face the death penalty if convicted.

He says he knew nothing about the killings and was attacked by the lone survivor as retaliation for serving as a police informant.

Eighteen-year-old co-defendant Brogan Rafferty was convicted and sentenced last year to life in prison without chance of parole. He was subpoenaed to testify against Beasley but the prosecution never called him to the stand.

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UPDATE: 03/06/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The alleged triggerman in the killings of three men lured to their deaths by phony Craigslist job offers in Ohio has told a jury he's innocent.

Fifty-three-year-old Richard Beasley took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in Akron.

Beasley denied involvement in the 2011 attacks and said that the lone survivor was sent to kill him in retaliation for being a police snitch in a motorcycle gang investigation. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Beasley testified in a calm, even voice after stepping to the witness stand from a wheelchair he uses for back problems.

His testimony came after the prosecutors rested without calling 18-year-old co-defendant Brogan Rafferty. He was convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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UPDATE: 03/05/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors are working to link an Ohio man to his teenage co-defendant and to victims allegedly lured to their deaths by Craigslist ads offering employment.

Prosecutors in an Akron courtroom presented computer and other evidence Monday to strengthen their case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley. The trial is in its second week.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that witnesses testified about emails between Beasley and some of the victims and a Facebook photo of Beasley with co-defendant Brogan Rafferty.

The 17-year-old Rafferty was tried separately, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He has agreed to testify against Beasley, who is accused of killing three men lured by the Craigslist ads.

Beasley has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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UPDATE: 03/01/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Jurors in Ohio have heard testimony from a man about how his father planned to reply to a Craigslist ad that prosecutors say led to his slaying in 2011.

The testimony came Thursday in the Akron trial of 53-year-old Richard Beasley. He's accused of killing three men lured by phony Craigslist job postings.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Nicholas Kern testified that his father, Timothy Kern, was finalizing plans to take a job as caretaker of a large farm in Noble County.

Timothy Kern was found shot to death in the woods behind an Akron mall where authorities say he met Beasley to talk to about the job.

Beasley has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges.

The trial continues Friday.

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UPDATE: 02/28/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Jurors have heard testimony from three men who say they discussed an online job posting in person with a man now suspected of killing three other men lured by a phony Ohio job listing.

The testimony Wednesday at the Akron trial of 53-year-old alleged triggerman Richard Beasley came as prosecutors try to show robbery and identity theft were motives for the attacks. The jury also heard about statements written by the slain men in response to a job posting for a farm caretaker in southeast Ohio.

Beasley has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges.

His teenage co-defendant was tried separately, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He has agreed to testify against Beasley.

The defense says there isn't enough evidence to prove Beasley committed the crimes.

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UPDATE: 02/27/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A trial continues Wednesday in the case of an Ohio man accused of killing three men and wounding a fourth after they replied to phony Craigslist job ads.

Suspect Richard Beasley faces the death penalty if convicted of the killings that began last August.

The trial enters its third day Wednesday following jury selection that began last week.

Scott Davis, who survived a shooting last fall, stepped down from the witness stand Tuesday and identified Beasley as the person who shot him.

Beasley's attorney said in opening statements that there isn't enough evidence to convict Beasley. He said the defense would try to show that Davis attacked Beasley first, not the other way around.

Beasley's teenage co-defendant pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison.

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UPDATE: 02/26/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A man who says he was wounded by gunfire but escaped has testified as prosecutors try to show robbery and identity theft were motives behind attacks two years ago that left three men in Ohio dead. They were lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

Scott Davis stepped down from the witness stand Tuesday in Akron and stood in front of 53-year-old alleged triggerman Richard Beasley to identify him as the attacker. Davis also said he remembered a tattoo on Beasley's arm.

Beasley pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges in the killings.

His teenage co-defendant was convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors argue Beasley wanted a new identity.

Beasley's attorney says there isn't enough evidence to prove his client committed the crimes.

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UPDATE: 02/26/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors have begun presenting witness testimony to show that robbery and identity theft were the motives behind attacks two years ago that left three men in Ohio dead and a fourth wounded. The victims were lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

The trial of 53-year-old alleged triggerman Richard Beasley resumed Tuesday in Akron. He has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges in the killings that began in August 2011.

Beasley's teenage co-defendant was convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutor Emily Pelphrey told jurors Monday in opening statements that Beasley wanted a new identity "and he got it."

Beasley's attorney, James Burdon, told the jury there isn't enough evidence to prove his client committed the crimes.

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UPDATE: 02/26/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors are ready to start laying out evidence that robbery and identity theft were the motives behind attacks two years ago that left three men in Ohio dead and a fourth wounded. The victims were all were lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

The trial of 53-year-old alleged triggerman Richard Beasley continues Tuesday in an Akron courtroom. He has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges in the killings that began in August 2011.

Beasley's teenage co-defendant was found guilty last year and sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutor Emily Pelphrey told jurors Monday in opening statements that Beasley wanted a new identity "and he got it."

Beasley's attorney, James Burdon, told the jury there isn't enough evidence to prove his client committed the crimes.

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UPDATE: 02/25/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The prosecution has outlined motives of robbery and identity theft in Ohio attacks two years ago that left three men dead and a fourth wounded, all lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

The alleged triggerman, 53-year-old Richard Beasley, who has back problems, slumped in his wheelchair and didn't turn to look as a prosecutor detailed evidence against him in an Akron court on Monday.

Beasley's attorney, James Burdon, told the jury there isn't enough evidence to prove his client committed the crimes. He says the defense will try to show a survivor attacked Beasley first, not the other way around.

Beasley could face the death penalty if convicted of murder. His teenage co-defendant has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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UPDATE: 02/25/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The prosecution has outlined motives of robbery and identity theft in Ohio attacks two years ago that killed three men and wounded a fourth lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

The alleged triggerman, 53-year-old defendant Richard Beasley, who has back problems, slumped in his wheelchair and didn't turn to look as the evidence was detailed Monday by prosecutor Emily Pelphrey in Akron.

Beasley's attorney, James Burdon, told the jury there isn't enough evidence to prove his client committed the crimes. He says the defense will try to show a survivor attacked Beasley first, not the other way around.

Beasley could face the death penalty if convicted. His teenage co-defendant has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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UPDATE: 02/25/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge hopes to complete jury selection early this week in the Ohio triple murder trial in a plot to lure robbery victims with phony Craigslist job offers.

Three men were killed and a fourth man was wounded. He escaped and alerted authorities in 2011.

A fourth day of jury selection got under way Monday morning in Akron in the trial of 53-year-old Richard Beasley. The judge hopes to begin testimony by Tuesday in a trial that could last six weeks.

Beasley could face the death penalty if convicted. His teenage co-defendant, too young to face the death penalty, already was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Prosecutors say the victims were lured with phony offers of southeast Ohio farmhand jobs on Craigslist.

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UPDATE: 02/25/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge hopes to complete jury selection early this week in the Ohio triple murder trial in a plot to lure robbery victims with phony Craigslist job offers.

Three men were killed and a fourth man was wounded. He escaped and alerted authorities in 2011.

Jury selection began last Tuesday in Akron in the trial of 53-year-old Richard Beasley. The judge hopes to begin testimony by Tuesday in a trial that could last six weeks.

Beasley could face the death penalty if convicted. His teenage co-defendant, too young to face the death penalty, already was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Prosecutors say the victims were lured with phony offers of southeast Ohio farmhand jobs on Craigslist.

The surviving victim is expected to testify.

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UPDATE: 02/19/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Jury selection has begun in the Ohio trial of the alleged mastermind of a deadly plot to lure robbery victims with phony Craigslist job offers, killing three men and wounding a fourth.

More than 200 prospective jurors gathered Tuesday in the ornate Akron Civic Theater because there was no courthouse room big enough.

Judge Lynne Callahan told prospective jurors that jury selection in the murder trial of 53-year-old Richard Beasley could extend into next week and the trial could last six weeks. He could face the death penalty.

Prosecutors have portrayed Beasley as an ex-con street preacher in Akron and mentor to a teenager convicted in the plot.

Co-defendant Brogan Rafferty, who was then 17, was sentenced to life in prison in November after being found guilty in the plot.

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UPDATE: 02/19/2013

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A second defendant is headed to trial in the Ohio shooting deaths of three men and wounding of a fourth man lured with phony Craigslist job offers.

Prosecutors in Akron are seeking the death penalty for 53-year-old Richard James Beasley at his trial on murder charges scheduled to begin Tuesday. Beasley has pleaded not guilty.

Co-defendant Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in November after being found guilty in the plot. Rafferty was 17 at the time, and because of his age, he wasn't eligible for the death penalty.

Prosecutors have portrayed Beasley as an ex-con street preacher and Rafferty's mentor.

Authorities say the victims were lured to a rural southeast Ohio area by bogus job ads on Craigslist.

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UPDATED: 12/28/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A murder trial has been delayed for an Ohio man who prosecutors say lured his victims with phony Craigslist job offers.

Summit County court records showed the trial date for 53-year-old Richard James Beasley has been pushed to Feb. 19. It had been scheduled to start Jan. 7 in Akron.

The delay came after a change in lawyers for Beasley.

Beasley has pleaded not guilty to charges in a 27-count indictment. He is accused of the shooting deaths of three men who authorities say were lured to a rural area by bogus job ads on Craigslist. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

A 17-year-old boy, Brogan Rafferty, was sentenced to life in prison in November after being found guilty of assisting in the plot.

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UPDATED: 11/09/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teenager has been sentenced to life in prison in a deadly plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers.

The judge sentenced 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty on Friday in Akron on his conviction for aggravated murder and attempted murder. Three men were killed and a fourth victim was shot but survived.

The sentencing was delayed from Monday amid talks on a deal for leniency in return for Rafferty's testimony against the alleged triggerman.

The jury rejected the defense claim that Rafferty feared for his life if he didn't cooperate with co-defendant Richard Beasley.

The 53-year-old Beasley has pleaded not guilty and will be tried in January.

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UPDATED: 11/05/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Sentencing has been delayed for an Ohio teenager convicted in a plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers.

The judge said sentencing will be held Friday but did not explain the reason for the delay. All parties in the case are under a gag order.

The mother of 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty says the delay is "probably" related to a possible deal for leniency in return for her son's testimony against the alleged triggerman, Richard Beasley.

Three men were killed and a fourth victim was shot but survived.

The jury rejected the defense claim that Rafferty feared for his life if he didn't cooperate with Beasley.

The 53-year-old Beasley has pleaded not guilty and will be tried in January.

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UPDATED: 5:28pm 10/30/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 17-year-old Ohio boy has been convicted in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme in Ohio.

A jury in Akron on Tuesday found Brogan Rafferty guilty of aggravated murder.

Three men were killed and a fourth survived the attacks, in which victims were lured with the promise of a job and were robbed.

Rafferty was suspected of helping Richard Beasley, of Akron, lure the victims with bogus Craigslist job offers. The teen testified that he went along with the scheme only because he feared Beasley would kill him.

Rafferty was tried as an adult but faces a maximum potential sentence of life in prison because he's a juvenile.

The 53-year-old Beasley was described as the teen's mentor. Beasley has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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UPDATED: 10/30/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Teenager is found guilty of aggravated murder in deadly Craigslist robbery scheme in Ohio.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio jury has reached a verdict in the case of a teenager accused of participating in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

The 12-person jury in Akron informed the judge Tuesday afternoon it had reached a decision in the case of 17-year-old defendant Brogan Rafferty.

Prosecutors have portrayed him as a full accomplice in the crimes, while his defense attorney argues he was a scared child stuck in a horrible situation.

Rafferty was tried as an adult and faces life in prison without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of the men last year.

One man was killed near Akron and two more in rural eastern Ohio. A fourth man was shot in eastern Ohio but survived.

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UPDATED: 10/29/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio jury has deliberated for a third day without reaching a verdict in the case of a teenager accused of participating in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

The 12-member jury in Akron deliberated again Monday and must return Tuesday.

Prosecutors have portrayed defendant Brogan Rafferty as a willing accomplice in the crimes. His defense attorney says Rafferty was fearful for his life if he didn't participate.

His co-defendant has pleaded not guilty and will be tried later.

The 17-year-old Rafferty faces life in prison without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths last year.

One man was killed near Akron and two more in rural eastern Ohio. A fourth man was shot and survived.

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UPDATED: 10/29/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio jury has begun its second full day of deliberations in the case of a teenager accused of participating in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

A 12-person Akron jury resumed deliberations Monday morning after getting the case late Thursday.

Prosecutors have portrayed defendant Brogan Rafferty as a full accomplice in the crimes while his defense attorney argues he was a scared child stuck in a horrible situation.

The 17-year-old Rafferty faces life in prison without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of the men last year.

One man was killed near Akron and two more in rural eastern Ohio.

A fourth man was shot in eastern Ohio but survived.

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UPDATED: 10/26/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio jury has concluded deliberations for the day in the case of a teenager accused of participating in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

Prosecutors have portrayed defendant Brogan Rafferty as a full accomplice in the crimes, while his defense attorney argues he was a scared child stuck in a horrible situation.

The 17-year-old Rafferty faces life in prison without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of the men last year.

One man was killed near Akron and two more in rural eastern Ohio.

A fourth man was shot in eastern Ohio but survived.

The 12-person Akron jury met all day Friday and will resume deliberations Monday morning.

Prosecutors portray Brogan Rafferty, the teenage defendant in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers, as part of a murderous pair. The two were so cunning, prosecutors say, that they left a $20 bill on a pre-dug grave to make sure it hadn't been disturbed when they returned with their victim.

Rafferty's lawyer said he was a scared child stuck in a horrible situation and afraid that, if he rebelled, he and his family would be killed.

Jurors weighing Rafferty's fate began their first full day of deliberations Friday after getting the case the afternoon before.

Rafferty, 17, faces life in prison without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of the men last year. Two were killed in rural eastern Ohio and one was killed near Akron.

His co-defendant, Richard Beasley, who has pleaded not guilty and will be tried separately, could face the death penalty if convicted. As a juvenile, Rafferty can't be sentenced to death.

In closing arguments Thursday, prosecutors portrayed Rafferty as someone who knew exactly what he was doing and ignored opportunities to go to police.

"Although Richard Beasley is a murderer and liar, he was brutally honest with one person. One person knew everything that he was doing. Just one. And that was Brogan Rafferty," assistant Summit County prosecutor John Baumoel told jurors. "Brogan Rafferty knew each and every one of his dark secrets."

He pointed jurors to Internet searches Rafferty did after the first slaying for the term "first kill" and "Sopranos' first whack," referring to the TV show about a New Jersey mafia family. And he down played arguments the defense had made that Rafferty was the product of a tough childhood: his mother a drug addict on the streets, his father rarely around as he worked long hours to support the family.

"Having a difficult childhood is neither a legal excuse nor a moral excuse for being involved in deaths and murder of multiple people," Baumoel said.

Rafferty listened intently during Baumoel's nearly 50-minute presentation, taking a sip from a cup when it was over. Rafferty's mother appeared to wipe away tears during the hearing and at one point sat with her head bowed.

Rafferty's attorney said the suspect was a 16-year-old child at the time of the killings who was afraid Beasley would harm his mother and sister and didn't know how to escape.

"Did we see Brogan Rafferty, psychopath, or a 16-year-old child who found himself in a horrible situation and couldn't find his way out?" attorney John Alexander asked.

He added: "Does a 16-year-old child have the know-how how to handle these traumatic situations? Does he understand the options ahead of him?"

Alexander said Beasley hooked Rafferty by showing him with the first alleged killing of victim Ralph Geiger that Beasley could do anything because he had just killed an innocent person. When they got into the car afterward, Beasley shook a knife at Rafferty and warned him to keep his mouth shut, saying he knew where his mother and sister lived, Alexander said.

Rafferty "was a pawn. He did exactly what Beasley told him to do. His purpose in all of this was survival," Alexander said.

In a rebuttal, assistant Summit County prosecutor Paul Scarsella said the proper way to describe the suspects' relationship was that of a teacher and student.

"Mr. Beasley was the teacher in this situation. Brogan Rafferty was the student," Scarsella said. "Do not let him deceive you. Do not let him manipulate you because of his age or anything into believing he was anything other than an accomplice."

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UPDATED: 10/25/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio jury is headed home after the beginning of deliberations in the case of a teenager accused of participating in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

The jury weighing the fate of defendant Brogan Rafferty met for about two hours Thursday following closing arguments by both sides.

Prosecutors have portrayed Rafferty as a full accomplice in the crimes while his defense attorney argued he was a scared child stuck in a horrible situation.

The 17-year-old Rafferty faces life in prison without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of the men last year.

The jury was expected to resume deliberations Friday morning.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A jury is deciding the case of an Ohio teenager accused in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

Prosecutors in Akron concluded their case Thursday by portraying defendant Brogan Rafferty as a full accomplice who knew what he was doing and ignored opportunities to contact police.

Summit County prosecutor John Baumoel says Rafferty was a partner with adult suspect Richard Beasley in executing people in the woods.

Defense attorney John Alexander says Rafferty was a 16-year-old child who feared Beasley would harm his family and didn't know how to get out of a horrible situation.

The now 17-year-old Rafferty could receive a life prison sentence without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder.

Beasley pleaded not guilty and will be tried separately.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A jury is deciding the case of an Ohio teenager accused in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

Prosecutors in Akron concluded their case Thursday by portraying defendant Brogan Rafferty as a full accomplice who knew what he was doing and ignored opportunities to contact police.

Summit County prosecutor John Baumoel says Rafferty was a partner with adult suspect Richard Beasley in executing people in the woods.

Defense attorney John Alexander says Rafferty was a 16-year-old child who feared Beasley would harm his family and didn't know how to get out of a horrible situation.

The now 17-year-old Rafferty could receive a life prison sentence without chance of parole if convicted of aggravated murder.

Beasley pleaded not guilty and will be tried separately.

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UPDATED: 10/23/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The teenage suspect in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers acknowledges he had chances to report the alleged triggerman to police but never did so.

Seventeen-year-old Brogan Rafferty was cross-examined Tuesday afternoon after testifying in his defense at his Ohio murder trial.

He said he had a shotgun and a cellphone but never called police or told anyone about the slayings over several months last year.

Rafferty was asked earlier by his attorney why he didn't run from his 53-year-old co-defendant or call police. He said his onetime mentor had issued a veiled warning to keep quiet or risk being killed.

Co-defendant Richard Beasley, of Akron, has pleaded not guilty. He will be tried separately.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The teenage suspect in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers has testified at his Ohio murder trial that he went along only because he feared the triggerman would kill him, too.

Soft-spoken 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty testified Tuesday in Akron. He slowly detailed the killings and said repeatedly he feared his co-defendant might kill him and family members if he objected.

Rafferty's co-defendant, self-styled street chaplain Richard Beasley, will be tried separately. He has pleaded not guilty.

Rafferty says he was stunned by the first killing as the victim interviewed for a farm job in southeast Ohio.

Asked by his attorney why he accompanied Beasley on subsequent killing outings, Rafferty replied it was "that or die."

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The teenage suspect in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers has testified at his Ohio murder trial that he went along only because he feared the triggerman would kill him, too.

Soft-spoken 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty testified Tuesday in Akron. He slowly detailed the killings and said repeatedly he feared his co-defendant might kill him and family members if he objected.

Rafferty's co-defendant, self-styled street chaplain Richard Beasley, will be tried separately. He has pleaded not guilty.

Rafferty says he was stunned by the first killing as the victim interviewed for a farm job in southeast Ohio.

Asked by his attorney why he accompanied Beasley on subsequent killing outings, Rafferty replied it was "that or die."

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The defense at an Ohio murder trial must decide whether to call as a witness the teenager charged in the shooting deaths of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

The defense for 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow opened its case Monday in Akron. The defense may be ready to call him to testify Tuesday, after a psychiatrist takes the stand.

A defense witness on Monday testified that Rafferty was quiet and respectful when co-defendant Richard Beasley welcomed her into his halfway house. But she says Rafferty seemed different last fall, about the time of the slayings.

The defense is trying to portray Rafferty as an unwilling partner, afraid for his family if he backed out. The prosecutor says he had plenty of chances to make the right decision.

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UPDATED: 10/22/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The defense for an Ohio teenager charged in the shooting deaths of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers is trying to show he's a person of good character.

The defense for 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow opened its case Monday at his Akron murder trial.

A defense witness says she met Rafferty when co-defendant Richard Beasley welcomed her into his halfway house. She says Rafferty was quiet and respectful but seemed different and lifeless last fall, about the time of the slayings.

According to WEWS-TV, other character witnesses also testified that he was respectful and polite.

Prosecutors say Rafferty and Beasley, a self-styled chaplain and the alleged triggerman, targeted men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job ads.

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UPDATED: 10/19/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A school official says an Ohio teen charged in a deadly scheme to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers seemed calm and nonchalant after authorities interviewed him about the deaths.

The (Canton) Repository reports that suspect Brogan Rafferty's former high school assistant principal testified Friday that Rafferty described himself after last year's interview at his high school as "cold blooded."

The school official testified one day after jurors heard Rafferty on tape saying he was "ordered" to dig a grave for one of the men he is charged with killing along with 53-year-old mentor Richard Beasley. A fourth victim was shot and injured but escaped.

The prosecution wrapped up its case against the 17-year-old in an Akron court Friday. The defense is to begin presenting its case Monday.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teen has been heard on tape saying he was "ordered" to dig a grave for a man allegedly killed as part of a deadly scheme to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers.

Suspect Brogan Rafferty has been charged with killing three men along with his mentor, 53-year-old Richard Beasley. A fourth victim was shot and injured but escaped.

The 17-year-year-old Rafferty is also heard telling investigators in a tape played in court Thursday in Akron that Beasley closely watched him following the first man's death.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Rafferty contends that at one point, Beasley reminded the teen that he knew where his mother and sister lived.

Rafferty could face life in prison if convicted of the attacks. The trial resumes Friday.

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UPDATE: 10/18/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teen has been heard on tape acknowledging he dug a grave for a man allegedly killed as part of a deadly scheme to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers.

Suspect Brogan Rafferty is also heard telling investigators in a tape played in court Thursday in Akron that the alleged motive for the slaying was stealing the victim's identity.

The 17-year-year-old has been charged with killing three men along with his mentor, 53-year-old Richard Beasley. A fourth victim was shot and injured but escaped.

WEWS-TV reports Thursday that Rafferty is heard on the tape saying Beasley asked him to help drag victim Ralph Geiger's body, get a shovel and dig a 4-foot-deep hole.

Rafferty also says Beasley had him help put Geiger in the hole.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors say a suitcase filled with weapons was found in the bedroom of an Ohio teen accused of participating in a deadly scheme to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers.

Jurors in the Akron murder trial of 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty viewed images Wednesday of a sawed-off shotgun, a .22-caliber pistol, other weapons and ammunition. Authorities say they recovered the cache from his bedroom last fall.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/RWk54E ) reports than none of the weapons has been conclusively linked to the three men Rafferty is accused of killing with his mentor, 53-year-old Richard Beasley. A fourth victim was shot and injured but escaped.

Rafferty, who is being tried as an adult, could face life in prison if convicted of the attacks. Beasley is being tried separately.

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UPDATE: 10/12/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The lone survivor of a deadly plot to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers testified in Ohio against the teenage defendant and identified him as an accomplice.

Forty-nine-year-old Scott Davis was the star witness in Akron as the prosecution began presenting its aggravated murder case Friday against 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty.

Davis sold his South Carolina business last year to take an Ohio farm job closer to his family in the Canton area.

Davis identified Rafferty as being at a restaurant breakfast meeting before Davis was shot. He survived by running and hiding in the woods in southeast Ohio for seven hours.

Under cross-examination by the defense, Davis said Rafferty's co-defendant, Richard Beasley, had directed arrangements for the farm visit.

Three men were killed in the scam.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio opened its case against a teenage boy charged in a deadly scheme to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers, painting him as a willing student of violent crime.

Prosecutor Emily Pelphrey outlined the state's case against 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty in a 40-minute opening statement Friday in Akron.

She told jurors Rafferty chose to participate in the deaths of three men and the wounding of a third, even if he wasn't the triggerman.

Defense attorney John Alexander told jurors Rafferty was afraid that alleged mastermind Richard Beasley would kill him and family members if he didn't cooperate and keep silent. He says Rafferty never participated voluntarily.

Rafferty's co-defendant and reputed mentor has pleaded not guilty and will be tried separately

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio is ready to begin its case against a teenage boy charged in a deadly scheme to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers.

The judge in the Akron trial of 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow scheduled opening arguments by attorneys for Friday morning. Jury selection began Tuesday.

The judge expects the trial to last up to six weeks.

Rafferty, who is being tried as an adult, could face life in prison if convicted of the attacks that killed three men and wounded a fourth. The survivor has been subpoenaed to testify.

Rafferty's co-defendant and reputed mentor, 53-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron, also has pleaded not guilty. Beasley will be tried separately and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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UPDATE: 9/14/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge is deciding whether to throw out statements made to investigators by a teen charged in a deadly Ohio Craigslist robbery scheme.

Brogan Rafferty, who was then 16, told investigators that holes were dug on property in eastern Ohio to bury intended victims. Rafferty said he didn't shoot anyone, instead blaming alleged accomplice Richard Beasley.

Rafferty is suspected of helping 52-year-old Beasley lure victims with bogus job offers.

Three men were killed last year in Noble and Summit counties after responding to what authorities said was a bogus online job posting.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Rafferty's attorneys are trying to get taped statements thrown out as evidence, claiming he was coerced to talk.

A hearing on the matter concluded Friday in Summit County Common Pleas court.

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UPDATE: 8/28/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Attorneys for a teen charged in a deadly Ohio Craigslist robbery scheme want a judge to prohibit prosecutors from using their client's statements at trial.

Brogan Rafferty of Stow in suburban Akron, to be tried as an adult in the case, is suspected of helping 52-year-old Richard Beasley lure victims with bogus job offers.

Three men were killed last year in Noble and Summit counties after responding to what authorities said was a bogus online job posting.

The Canton Repository reports Tuesday that Rafferty's attorneys say their then 16-year-old client was coerced by investigators and a public defender who failed to properly research the case before plea negotiations.

Rafferty's attorneys said authorities also questioned Rafferty after his Nov. 16 arrest without his parents or an attorney present.

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UPDATE: 6/13/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge has ordered a man and a teenager suspected in the shooting deaths of three people who responded to bogus Craigslist job ads to have no contact with each other while they await trial.

A report summary made available Wednesday by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan in Akron says 52-year-old Richard Beasley and 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty are to be kept apart while housed at the county jail.

WEWS-TV in Cleveland reports the judge has blocked access to details behind her decision.

Beasley is suspected in the shooting deaths of three people who authorities say were lured to a rural area by fake job ads posted on Craigslist. Beasley has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges. Rafferty is charged with helping in the scheme.

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UPDATE: 4/18/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 17-year-old boy will be tried as an adult in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme.

Brogan Rafferty of Stow waived his right Wednesday to a hearing. That means the juvenile court case involving two of three homicides goes to adult court in Akron.

Attorneys expect those counts to be merged with charges of murder and attempted murder originally from Noble County in the killing of a third man and an attack on a fourth victim.

Rafferty is suspected of helping 52-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron lure victims with bogus job offers. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Rafferty was already facing life in prison without chance of parole if convicted of the aggravated murder count pending in adult court.

The Akron Beacon Journal says Rafferty's mother was in court Wednesday.

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UPDATE: 4/16/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 17-year-old charged in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme in Ohio has agreed to waive a hearing and have charges against him merged in adult felony court.

Defense attorney John Alexander said Monday that Brogan Rafferty will waive his right to a hearing on being tried as an adult when he appears before a judge Wednesday in Akron.

Alexander says that will clear the way for juvenile court charges in the deaths of two men to be merged with adult charges originally from Noble County in the death of a third man and an attack on a fourth victim. Rafferty has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He's suspected of helping 52-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron lure victims with bogus Craigslist job offers. Beasley has pleaded not guilty.

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UPDATE: 2/22/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Oct. 9 trial has been set for an Ohio teen charged with helping a man kill one victim and try to kill another in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, a Summit County judge set the date Wednesday for 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty.

He pleaded not guilty last week to aggravated murder and attempted murder charges originally brought in Noble County, where the case unfolded last year.

He's suspected of helping 52-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron, who has been described as the teen's mentor. They allegedly lured victims with bogus Craigslist job offers.

Beasley has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted. As a juvenile, Rafferty cannot.

Rafferty also faces juvenile court charges in the deaths of two other victims.

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UPDATE: 2/17/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teen has pleaded not guilty to killing one man and attempting to kill a second in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme that targeted older and single out-of-work men.

Brogan Rafferty, his ankles and wrists cuffed, made a brief appearance Friday in adult felony court in Akron on charges originally filed in Noble County, where the case unfolded.

Rafferty, dressed in a white T-shirt and orange jail pants, also has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder in juvenile court in Summit County. Prosecutors eventually hope to merge the cases in adult court in Akron.

A magistrate continued Rafferty's $1 million bond. His attorney says Rafferty cannot afford it.

A onetime mentor of Rafferty, 52-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron, has pleaded not guilty in the killings.

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UPDATED: 2/08/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - There won't be a trial soon for an Ohio man suspected in the shooting deaths of three men lured to a rural area by bogus job listings on Craigslist.

Fifty-two-year-old Richard Beasley appeared in court Wednesday in Akron and waived his right to a speedy trial, a common move that allows more legal preparation time.

The self-styled chaplain from Akron has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and attempted murder in the slayings of three men and the wounding of a fourth. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Beasley shielded his face from photographers, which he has done before in court. He says he wants to avoid contaminating the jury pool.

A 17-year-old co-defendant has pleaded not guilty to juvenile counts.

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UPDATED: 2/08/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man suspected in the shooting deaths of three men who were lured to a rural area by bogus job ads on Craigslist faces another court hearing.

Fifty-two-year-old Richard Beasley is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Wednesday in Akron on trial scheduling issues.

The self-styled chaplain from Akron has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder in the slayings of three men and the wounding of a fourth. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

A 17-year-old co-defendant has pleaded not guilty to juvenile counts. Brogan Rafferty was a student at Stow-Munroe Falls High School in suburban Akron when he was arrested in the fall.

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UPDATED: 1/25/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A self-styled chaplain suspected in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme in Ohio has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder and kidnapping.

An attorney for 52-year old Richard Beasley entered the plea Wednesday on his behalf.

Beasley hid his face in his arms during his arraignment by video hookup from jail. He asked about news cameras in the Akron courtroom and said he worried that showing his face might contaminate the jury pool.

He's accused of killing three men and wounding a fourth. Prosecutors say victims of the alleged plot were lured with a Craigslist job ad.

Beasley was indicted on 27 counts and could face the death penalty if convicted. He denied involvement in the killings.

A 16-year-old boy also charged in the case has pleaded not guilty.

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UPDATED: 1/25/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A self-styled chaplain suspected in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme in Ohio will answer to charges including aggravated murder and kidnapping.

Fifty-two-year old Richard Beasley is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Akron. He was indicted Friday on 28 counts and could face the death penalty if convicted.

He's accused of killing three men and wounding a fourth in August, October and November. Prosecutors say victims of the alleged plot were lured with a Craigslist job ad.

Beasley has denied any involvement in the killings. He was arrested in November.

A 16-year-old boy also charged in the case has pleaded not guilty.

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UPDATED: 1/23/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A teenage suspect in a deadly Ohio scheme to rob people who replied to a Craigslist job ad has pleaded not guilty to several new charges.

The case of 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty has been transferred to his home county of Summit, 100 miles from the rural southeastern county where jobseekers were promised work.

Rafferty entered the not guilty plea Monday in Summit County Juvenile Court, where his case was transferred late last week.

The Summit County prosecutor's office says Rafferty has been charged with juvenile counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and kidnapping.

An adult suspect faces the death penalty if convicted of similar charges.

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UPDATE: 1/23/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A juvenile suspect in a deadly scheme to rob people who replied to a Craigslist job ad in Ohio now faces a new set of criminal charges.

Sixteen-year-old Brogan Rafferty is to appear Monday afternoon before a Summit County Juvenile Court judge in Akron.

Summit County prosecutor's spokeswoman April Wiesner says Rafferty was charged with several juvenile counts late Friday.

Wiesner says Rafferty was charged with three counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated robbery and four counts of kidnapping.

Those counts replace charges that Rafferty faced in Noble County before his case was transferred to Summit County.

Rafferty's attorney, John Alexander, says Monday's hearing will involve the review of charges and allow for bond to be discussed.

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UPDATE: 1/23/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The juvenile suspect in a deadly scheme to rob people who replied to a Craigslist job ad is due in court after his case was transferred out of a rural Ohio county.

Sixteen-year-old Brogan Rafferty is to appear Monday afternoon before a Summit County Juvenile Court judge in Akron.

Rafferty's attorney, John Alexander, says the preliminary hearing will involve the review of charges and allow for bond to be discussed.

A Noble County judge determined Friday that Rafferty's case should be transferred to Summit County, where Rafferty is from and where he'd been held in jail.

Although two men were killed in Noble County and a third wounded there, neither the victims nor Rafferty and an adult suspect were from the county.

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UPDATE: 1/20/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man has been charged with kidnapping, robbery and aggravated murder in what authorities say was a scheme to rob people who replied to a job ad on Craigslist.

The 28-count indictment against Richard Beasley announced Friday in Akron accuses him of killing three men and wounding a fourth in August, October and November.

If convicted of the aggravated murder charges, Beasley could be sentenced to death.

The 52-year-old has denied involvement in the plot, which lured single and older out-of-work men to a nonexistent farm in rural southeastern Ohio.

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UPDATE: 12/21/2011 11:09 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teen who will be tried as an adult in
a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme has been moved to an adult jail
that's able to house a juvenile.

Sixteen-year-old Brogan Rafferty had been held at a juvenile
detention center. He's accused of killing one man and attempting to
kill another who answered a Craigslist ad for a bogus job in
southeast Ohio's Noble County. A second, 52-year-old suspect is
jailed on unrelated charges.

Rafferty has been transferred to the Summit County Jail in
Akron. Its administrator tells the Akron Beacon Journal that the
jail can meet requirements that the teen be kept completely
separate from adult inmates, unlike the Noble County Jail.

The newspaper reports the Noble County sheriff turned Rafferty
over to Summit County authorities on Friday.

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UPDATE: 12/16/2011

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The friend of a man who appears to be the first of three who were shot and killed after answering a Craigslist help-wanted ad plans on holding a life celebration Friday evening.

Summer Rowley tells the Akron Beacon Journal that 55-year-old Ralph Geiger was a father figure to her.

Authorities believe jobseekers were killed after being lured with a Craigslist ad for a bogus farm job in southeast Ohio. Investigators in the case discovered Geiger's body Nov. 25 on the same property in rural Noble County where another body was found.

Rowley says she collected Geiger's ashes because most of his family lives outside of Ohio. She plans on holding the memorial in Portage Lakes, Ohio, where Geiger was well-known as a handyman.

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UPDATE: 12/15/2011

CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) - A teenager accused in a deadly robbery scheme that lured victims with a phony Craigslist job ad will be tried as an adult.

Judge John Nau of Noble County Juvenile Court ruled Thursday that prosecutors had presented enough evidence that 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty is accused of crimes so serious that his case can be transferred to adult court.

Authorities say applicants answering a Craigslist ad for a job at a nonexistent cattle ranch in Noble County, in rural southeastern Ohio, were robbed and killed.

A second suspect, 52-year-old Richard Beasley, is jailed on unrelated drug and prostitution charges.

The Associated Press generally does not identify juvenile suspects, but Rafferty's name has been widely reported by local and national media outlets.

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UPDATE: 12/15/2011

CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) - A teenager accused in a deadly robbery team that lured victims with a phony Craigslist job ad could face charges in adult court.

Judge John Nau of Noble County Juvenile Court planned a hearing Thursday in Caldwell to determine whether 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty is accused of crimes so serious he should be tried as an adult.

Authorities say applicants answering a Craigslist ad for a job at a nonexistent cattle ranch in Noble County, 90 miles south of Akron in rural southeastern Ohio, were robbed, then killed.

A second suspect, 52-year-old Richard Beasley, is jailed in Summit County on unrelated drug and prostitution charges.

The Associated Press generally does not identify juvenile suspects, but Rafferty's name has been widely reported by local and national media outlets.

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UPDATE: 12/11/2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio 16-year-old charged with murder in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme believes God will keep him from a long incarceration.

Brogan Rafferty writes to his father that he worries many of his relatives will die before he gets out of prison. Rafferty's father has given a copy of the letter to The Plain Dealer.

Authorities say the teenager had been involved in a scheme in which applicants answering a job ad were robbed, then killed. Three deaths are under investigation. Authorities say they also plan to charge 52-year-old Richard Beasley in the plot.

In the letter written last month, Rafferty says he's kept in solitary confinement and he spends time reading and exercising.

Rafferty doesn't address the charges against him but apologizes for putting his father "in this position."

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UPDATE: 12/11/2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Ohio teen charged with murder involving men who responded to bogus Craigslist job ads believes God will keep his jail time short.

In a letter to his father obtained by The Plain Dealer, Brogan Rafferty writes that he is still worried that many of his family members will be dead by the time he gets out of prison.

Three deaths are under investigation in the alleged plot to lure victims with the phony job ad. Authorities say they also plan to charge 52-year-old Richard Beasley.

In the letter written last month, Rafferty says he is being kept in solitary confinement and he spends his time reading and exercising.

While he doesn't address the charges against him, Rafferty apologized to his father for putting him "in this position."

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UPDATE: 12/09/11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Interviews and records indicate that a Texas parolee now suspected in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme was mistakenly released from Ohio custody last summer not once, but twice.

Texas officials and the head of a national commission that oversees prisoner-transfer rules say 52-year-old Richard Beasley should never have been released from the county jail in Akron, where he was being held on drug charges this summer.

The brother of a victim whose body was found last month called Beasley's release tragic.

Ohio is now investigating what went wrong, an inquiry that state officials called unprecedented.

Authorities say they are planning to charge Beasley with killing three men and wounding a third between August and November.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - His brother says a possible victim most recently linked to a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme in Ohio would not have used the website to look for work.

Authorities believe jobseekers were killed after being lured with a Craigslist ad for a bogus farm job in southeast Ohio.

But Mark Geiger tells The Columbus Dispatch his brother was not the sort to look for work online.

A death certificate shows 55-year-old Ralph Geiger died around Aug. 9, weeks before the suspected killings of two other victims.

Investigators in the case discovered Geiger's body Nov. 25 on the same property in rural Noble County where another body was found.

Mark Geiger says people who spoke to his brother before he disappeared say he talked about going for farm work.

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UPDATED: 12/07/2011

An Ohio coroner says a man suspected of being the third fatal victim of a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme died in August, weeks before the suspected killings of two other victims.

The body of Ralph Geiger was discovered Nov. 25 in Noble County in rural southeastern Ohio during an investigation into two other deaths and the wounding of a fourth man.

Noble County Coroner Alan Spencer lists Geiger's date of death as around Aug. 9, according to a copy of Geiger's death certificate obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Authorities believe the other victims were killed in October and November.

Police have identified as suspects a 16-year-old high school student and a 52-year-old self-styled preacher.

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UPDATED: 12/06/2011

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) - Mourners will gather in Ohio to remember one of the victims of what authorities say was a death trap set through a Craigslist job ad.

A memorial service for 47-year-old Timothy Kern is scheduled for Tuesday evening at a funeral home in the Massillon area of northeast Ohio, where he lived. The 6:30 p.m. ceremony will follow an hour of visitation.

Kern's body was found Nov. 29 in a shallow grave near an Akron shopping mall. Authorities say he interviewed for a bogus farm job in southeast Ohio advertised on Craigslist and was last seen Nov. 13.

Two other deaths and the wounding of a fourth man are part of the investigation. Authorities have identified as suspects a 16-year-old high school student and a 52-year-old self-styled preacher.

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UPDATED: 12/05/2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - A prosecutor in Ohio says a self-styled chaplain suspected in the Craigslist slayings will be charged with murder and could face the death penalty.

The announcement came Monday in Akron from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. She says her office will press murder and attempted murder charges against 52-year-old Richard Beasley. He's locked up in Akron on unrelated prostitution and drug charges.

Three deaths are under investigation in the alleged plot to lure victims with a phony Craigslist job ad.

Beasley has denied any involvement. A teen acquaintance of his from Akron has been charged with murder.

The prosecutor says local and federal officials signed off on the agreement to let her office take the lead.

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UPDATED: 12/03/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have identified a third body possibly tied to a deadly Ohio Craigslist scheme that lured jobseekers with a fake ad for cattle ranch work.

Noble County Sheriff Steve Hannum said Saturday that the body of Ralph Geiger was found in a shallow grave near where the body of another jobseeker was found this month.

Authorities are under a gag order and did not immediately tie Geiger's corpse to a Craigslist help-wanted ad for a farmhand job that led two other men to their deaths. A statement from Hannum says an "ongoing investigation" led authorities to Geiger's body.

The farm in the ad doesn't exist. The bodies were on coal company land leased to hunters.

Authorities say another man survived a shooting on the property and escaped.

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UPDATED: 12/02/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A suspect in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme in Ohio has pleaded not guilty to unrelated prostitution charges.

No charges related to the Craigslist plot have been filed against Richard Beasley, but the FBI has placed a hold on Beasley requiring that it be notified if he's released from jail.

Beasley was arraigned Friday in Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron on a 15-count prostitution indictment, including one count that he pressed a 17-year-old boy into prostitution. His attorney, Rhonda Kotnik, says her client plans to fight the charges.

Beasley is a suspect in an alleged scheme in which applicants answering a phony Craigslist ad for farm work in Ohio were robbed, then killed. A teenager has been charged so far in that investigation.

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UPDATED: 12/02/2011 11:00am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A new court date has been set to determine if an Ohio teen charged in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme should be tried as an adult.

Brogan Rafferty, of Akron, faces juvenile charges of aggravated murder, complicity to aggravated murder, attempted murder and complicity to attempted murder in the death of one man and the shooting of another.

The assignment commissioner of Noble County Probate Court scheduled a Dec. 15 hearing for the 16-year-old Rafferty.

Rafferty appeared briefly in court earlier this week but the hearing was postponed because his father, who wasn't present, hadn't received proper notice of new charges filed last week.

Authorities say the teenager was involved in a scheme in which applicants answering a phony Craigslist ad for farm work were robbed, then killed.

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UPDATE: 12/01/2011 4:35 PM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The Texas Parole Authority initially requested that Richard Beasley be held for violating his burglary conviction parole after he was arrested in Ohio on drug-dealing charges.

But records show Texas was only interested in bringing Beasley back if he were convicted in the drug case.

Bill Holland, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff's Office, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Texas agreed to lift its hold on Beasley until the drug case was resolved.

Beasley is now a suspect in the deaths of two men and the nonfatal shooting of a third man who answered a phony Craigslist ad for a cattle farm job.


UPDATE: 11/30/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A pastor and close friend of a man killed in Ohio in what authorities call a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme says the FBI traced the victim's whereabouts using an email he sent to his family.

Pastor Kenny Bryant is from the Tabernacle Church in Norfolk, Va. He said Wednesday the brother and ex-wife of David Pauley grew concerned after not hearing from Pauley once he arrived in Ohio last month.

The 51-year-old Pauley went to southeastern Ohio after landing what he thought was a job helping run a cattle ranch.

Authorities say Pauley was killed Oct. 23. His body was found on Noble County property owned by a coal company and often leased to hunters.

Bryant says Pauley was excited about the job because he'd been out of work.

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UPDATED: 11/29/2011 5:22 PM

Authorities investigating the Noble County Craigslist case found the body of a man shot in the head. The Associated Press reports that officials suspect this man could be Ralph Geiger.

Police believe two other deaths are linked to what has been described as a robbery scheme.

Two people are in custody, including 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty and 52-year-old Richard Beasley.

Rafferty appeared in court today, but his case was continued after a motion was filed to consolidate the charges. He's facing charges of attempted murder, complicity to attempt murder, aggravated murder, and complicity to aggravated murder.

Beasley hasn't been charged in the case.


UPDATED: 11/29/2011

CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say preliminary findings show a body found by authorities investigating Ohio's Craigslist case is a man who was shot in the head.

The coroner's office in southeast Ohio's Noble County issued a statement Tuesday saying it had identified the body found Friday as John Doe. Officials say they suspect his name is Ralph Geiger but didn't explain the basis for that.

Police believe two other deaths are linked to what they've described as a robbery scheme involving a bogus Craigslist ad for a job on a farm. The county sheriff is under a gag order and has not said whether the body discovered Friday is connected with the case.

Two people are in custody, including a 16-year-old boy charged with attempted murder on Nov. 18. Additional charges filed Nov. 22 include aggravated murder and complicity to aggravated murder.

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UPDATED: 11/29/2011

CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teenager arrested as authorities investigated a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme was scheduled to appear before a judge Tuesday at a hearing that could see him transferred to adult court.

The Noble County prosecutor has asked that the 16-year-old Akron boy, now facing attempted murder charges, be tried as an adult.

The teen was taken into custody two weeks ago after interviews with the FBI.

Police have linked two deaths and a non-fatal shooting to the scheme which sought workers for a nonexistent cattle farm in southeastern Ohio.

A third body was found Friday in Noble County but hasn't yet been officially connected to the scheme.

A second suspect, a man who served as a mentor to the teen, is in jail on unrelated charges.

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UPDATED: 11/28/2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - The mother of a 16-year-old Ohio boy charged with attempted murder in a Craigslist ad investigation says he's innocent and is cooperating with authorities.

Authorities say victims were lured into a deadly robbery scheme by a false job ad for a farm hand. At least two men are dead and one wounded. One other body may be connected to the case.

The teen suspect's mother said in a phone interview Monday that her son "is not a monster." She says he has been warned he will face trial as an adult and could face more than 40 years in prison.

A man described as a mentor to her son is also a suspect and is in jail in Akron on unrelated charges.

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UPDATED: 11/27/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The father of an Ohio man found dead after answering a Craigslist help-wanted ad says his son sought the job in order to better provide for his three children.

Timothy Kern was found dead on Friday, buried near an Akron, Ohio, shopping mall. The Summit County Medical Examiner's office said he was shot in the head.

Kern's father, Jack Kern, said Sunday his son responded to the ad because he wanted the best for his boys.

A Norfolk, Va., man was found dead in Noble County in Ohio after answering a similar Craigslist ad in what police say was a robbery scheme. Two suspects are in custody. Another body was found Friday in Noble County, and has not been identified.

Authorities have not said whether the three deaths are linked.

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UPDATED: 11/26/2011 5:15 PM

A man found buried in a shallow grave in Ohio on Friday has been identified.

His death is apparently linked to a phony Craigslist job ad that lured victims into a robbery.

Forty-seven-year-old Timothy Kern of Massillon, Ohio was last seen on November thirteenth.

He drove to Akron in response to a Craigslist job ad.

Kern died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Another murdered body was found in a shallow grave in Southeast Ohio on Friday.


UPDATED: 11/25/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio sheriff investigating the death of a man who answered a phony Craigslist ad says a new body has been found in his rural county.

Noble County Sheriff Steve Hannum said Friday that the body of a white male was found in a shallow grave without identification.

Hannum says he is continuing his investigation along with state investigators and FBI agents and cannot comment further.

The news came shortly after the FBI in Cleveland said a body found in a shallow grave near a mall in Akron could also be connected to the job listing.

Police say the ad lured victims into a robbery scheme. If the latest cases are linked it would bring the death toll to three.

Two people are in custody.

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UPDATE: 11/25/2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio woman who answered what police say was a phony Craigslist job ad that lured victims into a deadly robbery scheme says she felt sick to her stomach when she heard about it.

Heather Tuttle, of Ravenna, said Friday that she didn't learn of the potential danger she was in until an FBI agent called her this week.

The FBI says the agent that interviewed Tuttle was one of numerous agents contacting applicants to check on their well-being.

The 27-year-old Tuttle says she applied for the job running a ranch in southern Ohio in early October but never heard back.

A body found Friday in a shallow grave in Akron may be a second killing connected to the phony job listing.

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UPDATE: 11/25/2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - The FBI is investigating whether a body found in a shallow grave in Akron, Ohio, is a second killing connected to a phony Craigslist job ad.

Agency spokeswoman Vicki Anderson says the body was found Friday near the Rolling Acres shopping mall in Akron.

She says the cause of death and identity are under investigation. She says the FBI is working on the supposition that the body may be that of a missing man who answered the ad.

Forty-seven-year-old Timothy Kern of Massillon hasn't been seen in more than a week.

Authorities believe an ad for a farm hand in southeastern Ohio was used to lure people into a robbery. One man who answered the ad was found dead, and another man escaped after being shot.

Two people are in custody.

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UPDATE: 11/23/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A death certificate indicates a Virginia man was the victim of a deadly scheme that authorities say began with a Craigslist ad for a phony Ohio farm job.

The certificate shows 51-year-old David Pauley of Norfolk died of a gunshot wound to the head and was found in a wooded area along a road in southeast Ohio's Noble County.

Investigators there said one man lured to the nonexistent job was found dead last week, and a second was shot but fled. The FBI said Tuesday a third man is missing.

A man and a teen are in custody, but authorities have revealed few details because of a gag order.

The Noble County sheriff has said it's unclear how long the ad was online or whether there were other victims.

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UPDATE: 11/23/2011

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man says he interviewed for a farm job from a Craigslist ad that authorities say was part of a deadly robbery scheme.

Ron Sanson tells The Akron Beacon Journal the man who interviewed him at an Akron shopping mall said about 100 people applied.

Investigators in southeast Ohio's Noble County say one man lured to the nonexistent job was found dead last week, and a second was shot but fled. The FBI said Tuesday a third man is missing.

Sanson says his interviewer seemed normal. But he recalled how the man couldn't give the exact highway exit for finding the farm property in need of overseeing.

A man and a teen have been taken into custody. Authorities under a gag order have not named the man.

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UPDATE: 11/22/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The FBI says an Ohio man missing since Nov. 13 could be linked to a deadly robbery scheme in which police say two other men were lured with bogus Craigslist help-wanted ads.

Investigators say 47-year-old Timothy Kern of Massillon was last seen Nov. 13 after telling family he was meeting with a prospective employer.

One man was found dead in southeastern Ohio's Noble County last week and another said he escaped after being shot on Nov. 6. Police say they had replied to bogus Craigslist job ads.

Two people have been arrested.

The FBI says it's unusual for Kern to be out of daily contact with his family. It says without providing details that Kern's disappearance could be linked to the case. Agents won't say whether he answered a Craigslist ad.

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UPDATE: 11/22/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The FBI says an Ohio man missing since Nov. 13 could be linked to a deadly robbery scheme in which police say two other men were lured with bogus Craigslist help-wanted ads.

Investigators say 47-year-old Timothy Kern of Massillon was last seen Nov. 13 after telling family he was meeting with a prospective employer.

One man was found dead in southeastern Ohio's Noble County last week and another said he escaped after being shot on Nov. 6. Police say they had replied to bogus Craigslist job ads.

Two people have been arrested.

The FBI says it's unusual for Kern to be out of daily contact with his family. It says without providing details that Kern's disappearance could be linked to the case. Agents won't say whether he answered a Craigslist ad.

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UPDATE 11/19/2011 11:40 AM

According to an NBC affiliate, WKYC in Cleveland, Brogan Rafferty, 16, of Stow, Ohio is being charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to attempt murder in the Caldwell case.

The other suspect, Richard James Beasley, 52, of Akron, OH is being held in the Summit County Jail on other counts after the FBI asked he be contained on Wednesday.

Beasley was arrested on outstanding warrants for aggravated trafficking in drugs and compelling prostitution. He has yet to be charged in the Caldwell case.

Residents are concerned this may have been going on for some time and there is a possibility of more graves in the rural area. The sheriff is unclear on how long this ad has been posted on Craigslist.

The sheriff was not ready to identify the suspects, but other law enforcement outlets were.

The teen was arrested Wednesday. Beasley is being held in the Summit County Jail on a $1 million bond.


CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman says a man showed up at her home covered in blood after being shot and told her he hid in the woods until dark and then went to her farmhouse because it was the first well-lighted house he saw.

Rose Schockling has a farmhouse on a hill in the tiny village of Fulda in rural southeastern Ohio.

The man told Schockling he answered a Craigslist job ad and was told he'd be erecting fences for a cattle farm.

Authorities investigating the wounding of that man and the death of another have charged a 16-year-old boy with attempted murder. Another suspect is in custody.

Schockling says the man was lucky he went the way he did because there were no houses for more than 2 miles in the other direction.

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CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder by Ohio authorities who are investigating the killing of one man and the wounding of another who had responded to a phony job ad on Craigslist.

The sheriff and prosecutor in southeast Ohio's rural Noble County said in a news release Friday that the teen also has been charged with one count of complicity to attempted murder.

The officials say they cannot comment further because of a gag order imposed by a judge. A lawyer for the teen sought the gag order, citing the "highly sensational" case.

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CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff says a man from Florida has been killed and another from South Carolina has been shot after they responded to a Craigslist ad for a job on an Ohio cattle farm.

Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum indicated in an email Friday that he wasn't ready to identify the pair of suspects. The Akron Beacon Journal reported the suspects were an Akron man and an area high school boy.

In a follow-up, Hannum says a judge had issued a gag order, so no further information would be released.

The sheriff says robbery seemed to be the motive.

The Florida man's body was found this week in a remote area about 80 miles east of Columbus.

Hannum says the South Carolina jobseeker who responded to the same ad was shot but escaped.

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CALDWELL, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio sheriff won't confirm that a 52-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy are the suspects taken into custody after a man who responded to a Craigslist job ad was found dead in a shallow grave.

Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum indicated in an email Friday that he wasn't ready to identify the pair. The sheriff's office said Hannum would release more information at 11 a.m. EST.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported on the suspects' ages and said the man was from Akron and the boy was an area high school student.

The Florida man's body was found this week in a remote area about 80 miles east of Columbus.

Hannum says another jobseeker from South Carolina who responded to the same bogus Craigslist ad was shot but escaped.

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The Noble County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of a man and the attempted murder of another.

Officials tell us the investigation involves the shooting of a South Carolina man that answered an ad posted on Craig's List and probably the murder of another man.

Sheriff Steve Hannum tells us on November 6, his office received a call from a resident on Rado Ridge Road.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found a man being treated for a gunshot wound to the right arm.

The Sheriff says the victim had been lured to Noble County after answering a job advertisement on Craig's List.

He says the victim met up with the two men who posted the ad and they were all in a vehicle together, when the victim was told the road was closed for a landslide and he had to get out of the vehicle.

The victim says he turned around to see a gun pointed at him and began to run through a heavily wood area.

As he was running, he was shot in the arm, but was able to hide from the men for seven hours before making his way to a house to call for help.

Then, on Friday, the sheriff's office received a call from a woman in Boston who said her brother was missing and believed he answered the same advertisement as the first victim.

Sheriff Hannum tells us deputies returned to the scene with cadaver dogs and found the body of a male buried in a shallow grave, near where victim number one was shot in the arm.

The Licking County Coroner's Office is currently performing an autopsy on him.

They say the body hasn't been positively identified yet.

Authorities have two people in custody and believe the crimes are linked.

The investigation is ongoing.


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