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'Craigslist Killing' Update: Jury Selection Began Tuesday Morning

Stow teen Brogan Rafferty is suspected of helping his mentor, 53-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron, lure victims with bogus job offers on Craigslist.

Jury selection began Tuesday morning at Summit County Court of Common Pleas for the adult trial of Brogan Rafferty, the now 17-year-old who is facing felony murder charges. 

Three men were killed last year in Noble County and Summit County, after responding to what authorities said were bogus online job postings.

The men who died were identified as:

  • David Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Va., was found on Noble County property owned by a coal company and often leased to hunters.
  • Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, was found in a shallow grave near an Rolling Acres Mall. He had been shot in the head.
  • Ralph Geiger, 55, of Akron, was found in Noble County and had died Aug. 9 of a gunshot wound to the head.

Scott Davis of South Carolina escaped after being shot in the arm by hiding in woods until it got dark. He has been subpoenaed to testify at Rafferty's trial.

Jury selection is expected to last several days and the trial will go on throughout October. 

Rafferty will not face execution because he is a juvenile. If convicted, he could face life in prison. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Richard Beasley, 53, of Akron who is said to be an accomplice and mentor to Rafferty.

Sfc David Sollberger October 26, 2012 at 02:55 AM
This 17 year old commited murder. Lets use him for an example and allow the death penalty for juveniles. I bet it would change some views about doing crimes if you were charged as an adult. I know 17 year old kids that go to basic training in the Army and they would give there life for you that protect these monsters.

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