Craigslist Killer Trial Delayed Until February

By
Associated Press

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Updated Fri, Dec 28, 2012 7:49 am

A murder trial has been delayed for an Ohio man who prosecutors say lured his victims with phony Craigslist job offers.

Summit County court records showed the trial date for Richard James Beasley, 53, has been pushed to Feb. 19. It had been scheduled to start Jan. 7 in Akron.

The delay came after a change in lawyers for Beasley.

Beasley has pleaded not guilty to charges in a 27-count indictment. He is accused of the shooting deaths of three men who authorities say were lured to a rural area by bogus job ads on Craigslist. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

A 17-year-old boy, Brogan Rafferty, was sentenced to life in prison in November after being found guilty of assisting in the plot.

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