Prosecutor: Man Was "Mastermind" In Craigslist Slayings


UPDATED: Friday January 20, 2012 7:06 PM

Summit County Prosecutors announced on Friday that the man suspected in the Craigslist slayings was charged with 28 counts of murder and attempted murder and is eligible for the death penalty.

Richard Beasley faces charges on nine counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, four counts of kidnapping, four counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of having weapons under

disability, three counts of theft, one count of identity theft and two counts of grand theft, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported.

Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh referred to Beasley, 52, as the "triggerman" and the "mastermind" behind the plot.

Between August and November 2011, Beasley is accused of killing three people and attempting to kill a fourth by allegedly using Craigslist ads to lure them to Noble County for a job.

Beasley is locked up in Akron on unrelated prostitution and drug charges. 

Beasley has denied any involvement. A teen acquaintance of his from Akron has been charged with murder.

Walsh said that she could not comment on 15-year-old Brogan Rafferty's connection to the deaths, which she called the "worst of the worst." 

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