Craigslist Teen Will Be Tried As An Adult

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A teenager accused in a deadly robbery scheme that lured victims with a phony Craigslist job ad will be tried as an adult.

Judge John Nau of Noble County Juvenile Court ruled Thursday that prosecutors had presented enough evidence that Brogan Rafferty, 16, is accused of crimes so serious that his case can be transferred to adult court.

Authorities say applicants answering a Craigslist ad for a job at a nonexistent cattle ranch in Noble County, in rural southeastern Ohio, were robbed and killed.

A second suspect, Richard Beasley, 52, is jailed on unrelated drug and prostitution charges.

The Associated Press generally does not identify juvenile suspects, but Rafferty's name has been widely reported by local and national media outlets.