Evidence mounts in Craigslist slaying trial

Associated Press Published:

Akron — Prosecutors are working to link an Akron man to his Stow teen co-defendant and to victims allegedly lured to their deaths by Craigslist ads offering employment, a scheme that led to three deaths and the wounding of a fourth man.

Prosecutors in a Summit County Common Pleas 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 e-mails between Beasley and some of the victims and a Facebook photo of Beasley with co-defendant Brogan Rafferty of Stow.

Rafferty, 17, was tried separately, convicted and sentenced to life in prison last fall. 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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