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Craigslist Co-Defendant Denies Role In Men’s Deaths


UPDATED: Wednesday March 6, 2013 1:04 PM

The man who allegedly conspired with a teenager to lure three victims to their deaths with fake Craigslist ads took the stand at his own trial on Wednesday.

Richard Beasley, 53, told the jury that he is not responsible for the crimes.

“I had no idea that someone had been killed on the farm,” Beasley testified, according to Cleveland’s WEWS-TV.

Earlier this week, witnesses testified about emails between Beasley and some of the victims and a Facebook photo of Beasley with co-defendant Brogan Rafferty.

The 17-year-old Rafferty was tried separately, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He has agreed to testify against Beasley, who is accused of killing three men lured by the Craigslist ads.
    
Beasley has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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