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Murder Charges Against Rafferty Filed in Summit County

The charges in Summit County replace those in Noble County in Craigslist killing case.

Brogan Rafferty was arraigned in Summit County today for his involvement in the crimes dubbed the Craigslist killings in southern Ohio.

Rafferty, 16, who was a student when he was , now 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.

The prosecutor's office filed a motion to try him as an adult, but the court will have a hearing on that motion at another date yet to be determined, said April Wiesner, director of communications for the prosecutor's office. 

Rafferty is currently being held at the juvenile detention center on Dan Street in Akron.

These charges replace the aggravated murder and complicity to aggravated murder charges in Noble County.

Rafferty previously entered into an agreement with the Noble County Prosecutor's Office early on, but backed out of that agreement, said Wiesner. 

Since Summit County is prosecuting Richard Beasley's case, Noble County asked Bevan Walsh's office to take on Rafferty's case as well. 

Richard Beasley, 52, of Akron and Rafferty are accused of luring men to a farm in southern Ohio through a bogus Craigslist ad that promised a job. 

Two men who answered the ad were fatally shot and buried in shallow graves. Another man was shot, but managed to escape. The fourth victim was found in a shallow grave behind Rolling Acres Mall.

Mike Hulgin January 24, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Ya, that Victim by Rolling Acres was buried on the North side of the road. I take that road.. Harlem on the way home. I drove by a dead body 4 2 weeks !!
Amanda Harnocz January 24, 2012 at 04:14 AM
That's pretty creepy to think about, Mike!

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