Boy, 17, To Be Tried As Adult In Connection With Craigslist Slaying
The 17-year-old charged in connection with two men's deaths in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme waived his right to a hearing for juvenile charges on Wednesday.
Brogan Rafferty's charges will be merged with adult charges originally from Noble County in the deaths of a third man and an attack on a fourth victim that allegedly occurred last fall, 10TV News reported.
Rafferty, who is accused of helping Richard Beasley lure victims with bogus Craigslist job offers, pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
Beasley, 52, also pleaded not guilty.
The teen was questioned by the FBI and arrested in mid-November several days after Scott Davis, of South Carolina, said he was shot in the arm and escaped after he answered the ad.
The body of Norfolk, Va., resident David Pauley, 51, was found on the Noble County property, owned by a coal company and often leased to hunters. Authorities say Pauley was killed Oct. 23.
Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, was found Nov. 29 in a shallow grave near an Akron-area shopping mall. He had been shot in the head.
Authorities said that applicants who fell for the scheme answered a Craigslist ad for a job at a nonexistent cattle ranch in Noble County, 90 miles south of Akron in rural southeastern Ohio, were robbed, then killed.
The scheme targeted older, single, out-of-work men with backgrounds that made it unlikely their disappearances would be noted right away, investigators said.
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February 17, 2012: Teen Pleads Not Guilty In Craigslist Slayings
December 1, 2011: Friend: Phony Job Ad Was 'Tailor Made' For Craiglist Victim
December 15, 2011: Teen In Craigslist Case Transferred To Adult Court
November 30, 2011: Man Tied To Craigslist Investigation Charged With 15 Prostitution-Related Counts
November 29, 2011: Letter From Craigslist Teen To Father: ‘I Hope You Can Forgive Me’
November 26, 2011: Noble Co. Sheriff Confirms: Man’s Body Found
November 22, 2011: Missing Man Could Be Tied To Craigslist Case
November 18, 2011: Teen Arrested In Connection With Craigslist Slaying