George Hiotis

Craigslist Murder Trial Finishing

by George Hiotis on March 11, 2013 at 5:18 am

The murder trial of the alleged triggerman in the killings of three men lured by phony craigslist job officer in Noble County is winding down.  The trail 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.   18-year-old co-defendant Brogan Rafferty was convicted and sentenced last year to life in prison without chance of paroles.  He was subpoenaed to testify against Beasley but the prosecution never called him to the stand.