Ohio Craigslist jury gets death penalty issue
Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 15:33

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio jury has begun deliberating whether a triple killer who lured his victims with Craigslist job offers deserves life or death.

The Akron jury that convicted 53-year-old Richard Beasley last week heard two hours of testimony from witnesses on his behalf on Wednesday before beginning deliberations whether to recommend the death penalty.

Other options are life in prison without the chance of parole or life with a chance for parole after 25 or 30 years.

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.

Beasley's mother, a psychologist and a friend testified on his behalf Wednesday morning.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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