AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A second defendant is headed to trial in the Ohio shooting deaths of three men and wounding of a fourth man lured with phony Craigslist job offers.
Prosecutors in Akron are seeking the death penalty for 53-year-old Richard James Beasley at his trial on murder charges scheduled to begin Tuesday. Beasley has pleaded not guilty.
Co-defendant Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in November after being found guilty in the plot. Rafferty was 17 at the time, and because of his age, he wasn't eligible for the death penalty.
Prosecutors have portrayed Beasley as an ex-con street preacher and Rafferty's mentor.
Authorities say the victims were lured to a rural southeast Ohio area by bogus job ads on Craigslist.