Thursday, April 4, 2013
Summit County Judge Lynne Callahan upheld a jury's recommendation to sentence Beasley to death.
Richard Beasley, 53, of Yale Street in Akron, received the death penalty this morning. "Richard Beasley is a cold-blooded manipulator with zero regard for human life," said Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. "Beasley has shown no remorse and would likely still be preying on men who were seeking a better life. It is never a joyous occasion when someone is sentenced to die, but in this case, the death penalty is the most appropriate sentence." Beasley and his then-16-year-old accomplice, Brogan Rafferty of Stow, lured unemployed men to Akron using an ad on Craigslist. The ad offered a farm caretaker job in Noble County with a weekly salary of $300, housing and use of the property and vehicles on that property. Beasley and Rafferty shot four of …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Craigslist Killer's mother testified before death penalty decision
UPDATE: The following is a statement released by Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine: A jury recommended that Richard Beasley, 53, of Yale Street in Akron, receive the death penalty. The jury deliberated for slightly more than two hours following a one-day mitigation hearing. “I appreciate and commend the jury for their hard work in listening to weeks of testimony, considering the evidence and then determining Mr. Beasley’s guilt and recommending he be put to death for his actions. That cannot have been easy, and I am certain they did not make these decisions lightly,” said Walsh. “I would also like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Mitigation to determine if Beasley will be sentenced to death begins March 20.
Richard Beasley, the 53-year-old Akron man involved in the "Craigslist Killing" crimes with Stow teen Brogan Rafferty, was found guilty on several charges March 12. The following was provided by Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine: The jury will determine whether Beasley should be sentenced to death during a mitigation phase that is scheduled to begin March 20. A 12-person jury found Rafferty guilty on Oct. 30 of: "There's nothing I can say that will make things better," Rafferty said before he was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Lynne Callahan in November.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Beasley told a jury Wednesday that one of the victims pulled a gun on him first in Noble County.
Richard Beasley, the man accused of luring and killing men with a fake Craigslist job ad, took the stand today in his own defense. Investigators claim that Beasley and Brogan Rafferty killed three people and wounded a fourth victim. Rafferty, a former Stow-Munroe Falls High School student, was found guilty on nine counts of aggravated murder and other charges in November for his part in the Craigslist killings. According to a report from NewsNet5.com, Beasley told the jury he isn't responsible for the crimes. "I had no idea that somebody, anybody, had been killed down on that farm. I had no way to know," Beasley said according to the News Channel 5 story. To read more about what happened in the court room today, read the full NewsNet5.…
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Evidence is mounting against Richard Beasley; the purported mastermind of the Craigslist killings where three men were shot to death and one was injured.
Before the first week of Richard Beasley's capital murder trial came to a close, a ballistics expert took the stand and established a strong connection between a bullet recovered from one of the murder victims and a bullet pulled from Scott Davis, the lone survivor who was allegedly shot by Beasley in 2011, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Jonathan Gardner, a firearms identification specialist with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, delivered the testimony to a Summit County jury on Friday, adding more evidence against Beasley -- the purported architect of the Craigslist killings. Brogan Rafferty -- Beasley's alleged accomplice -- was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the killings in November. The prosecution may ask …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The prosecution says Richard Beasley is a "wolf in sheep's clothing," reports the Akron Beacon Journal.
Wolf in sheep's clothing or wrongly accused man? In her opening remarks Monday, Assistant Ohio Attorney General Emily Pelphrey used the biblical reference to portray Richard Beasley -- the suspected mastermind of the Craigslist slayings -- as a killer who preyed on unsuspecting men in need of work. The prosecution alleges Beasley, a self-proclaimed Akron minister, posted a fake job ad on Craigslist luring men to a southeast Ohio farm; and when they arrived, his accomplice, Brogan Rafferty, would kill them. Pelphrey said Beasley assumed various identities, including that of Ralph Geiger, "a homeless man whose body was found on the farmland in Noble County where the killings allegedly took place," reports the Akron Beacon Journal. However, …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Jury selection in the trial against Richard Beasley -- the alleged mastermind of the Craigslist killings -- is underway, and prosecutors want Brogan Rafferty to testify against him.
Jury selection was underway this week in the trial of Richard Beasley: the alleged architect of a Craigslist plot that led to three slayings. The Stow Sentry reports the trial will likely start next week, and that Brogan Rafferty, who was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the killings, may testify against Beasley. A 12-person jury found Rafferty, a former Stow-Munroe Falls High School student, guilty on nine counts of aggravated murder and other charges in November for his part in the Craigslist killings. For more on the story, visit www.stowsentry.com.
Friday, November 9, 2012
The former Stow-Munroe Falls High School student said he was sorry and that he would testify against his co-defendant Richard Beasley in the crimes called the Craigslist killings.
"There's nothing I can say that will make things better," Brogan Rafferty said before he was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Lynne Callahan Friday afternoon. The former Stow-Munroe Falls High School student, who was found guilty for nine counts of aggravated murder and more by a 12-person jury, agreed to testify against his co-defendant Richard Beasley. Rafferty's attorney, John Alexander, told the judge that he felt his client had remorse for the death of three in Noble County after they were lured there with bogus Craigslist job ads. Despite Rafferty's offer to testify in Beasley's case this winter and Alexander asking for a chance of parole, Callahan still gave Rafferty a life sentence without parole. Rafferty, now …
Sentencing was delayed for he teen who was found guilty in the crimes dubbed the "Craigslist Killings" until Nov. 9. Will Rafferty testify against Beasley?
Update: Brogan Rafferty was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. Click here to watch video of Rafferty speaking to the judge before his sentencing. ------------------------------------------------ The state's attorney general said a plea deal hasn't been arranged for Brogan Rafferty. But after more than an hour of talks behind closed doors Monday morning between prosecutors and attorneys, the teen's sentencing for murder charges was delayed to today, leaving to question if a deal is in the works. Rafferty, now 17, was found guilty by a 12-person Summit County jury a few weeks ago for his involvement in the death of three men and the injuries of a fourth in Noble County. He and his co-defendant Richard Beasley posted fake …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Several sources close to the case say prosecutors are seeking Rafferty’s testimony against his co-defendant, Richard Beasley.