The now 17-year-old from Stow who pleaded not guilty for the crimes dubbed the "Craigslist killings" and the man who has been called his mentor and is also facing murder charges, Richard Beasley of Akron, were ordered to not have any contact while in Summit County Jail, according to a NewsNet5.com story.
Rafferty was arraigned in February and his bond was continued at $1 million. Some of his cases were originally being handled in the Summit County Juvenile Court system, but they were moved to adult court. He is currently in Summit County Jail, where Beasley is being kept as well.
Rafferty, who was a Stow-Munroe Falls High School student when he was arrested in November, faces three counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated robbery and four counts of kidnapping in Summit County, according to Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh's Office.
Beasley, 52, was given a 28-count indictment for luring men to a Noble County farm using a bogus job ad on Craiglist, according to prosecutors. (The indictments are attached to this story in the form of a .pdf.)
For more information on a judge ordering for Beasley and Rafferty to not contact each other while in jail, read the full NewsNet5.com story.
Press release about the incident from the Noble County Sheriff's Department: (Click here for a video.)
Deputies in Noble County began investigating a possible robbery and shooting on Nov. 6. A South Carolina man told deputies he was lured to Marietta to meet with two men about an ad on Craigslist seeking a worker to help on a 688-acre cattle ranch.
After eating in Marietta, the victim and the two men drove to Caldwell and then to Stock Township.
At some point, the victim was told the road was closed and they would have to walk. As they moved through the heavily-wooded area, the victim said he heard a gun being cocked.
As he turned, he saw the gun pointed to his head. He managed to deflect the weapon and run. As he ran, he was shot in the arm. More shots followed. For the next seven hours, the man hid until he was able to reach a home and call for help.
On Nov. 11, a Boston woman called deputies about her missing twin brother. She believed her brother answered the same Craigslist ad. He had not been seen since Oct. 22 in Parkersburg, WV.
Based on the information, deputies returned to the area where the original shooting occurred. On Monday, they found evidence related to the initial shooting. The next day, using cadaver dogs, the body was found in a shallow grave.
"We believe the attempted murder of victim one and the likely murder of victim two are connected and possibly committed by the same person," said Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum.