State wraps up case in Ohio's Craigslist trial
Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press   
Monday, 11 March 2013 13:25
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says the placing of phony Craigslist job offers proves the alleged triggerman planned the Ohio killings of three "easy prey" men desperate for work.

The state's case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley was detailed Monday afternoon in final arguments at his Akron murder trial. Prosecutor Jonathan Baumoel says there's no reasonable doubt that Beasley was the mastermind of the killings.

After the defense's final argument, the case is headed to the jury. Jurors will be sequestered at a hotel during deliberations.

Beasley, an ex-convict and one-time street preacher, could face the death penalty if convicted. Beasley said he knew nothing about the killings.

His 18-year-old co-defendant, Brogan Rafferty, was convicted and sentenced last year to life in prison without chance of parole.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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