George Hiotis

Craigslist Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

by George Hiotis on February 8, 2012 at 5:22 am

A man suspected in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme with ties to Noble County has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder and kidnapping. An Attorney for 52-year-old Richard Beasley entered this plea Wednesday morning 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 ad for a job on a Caldwell area farm. 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.