AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The alleged triggerman in the killings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers in Ohio has testified at his trial and denied any wrongdoing.
Fifty-three-year-old Richard Beasley took the stand Wednesday in Akron. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
Beasley denied involvement in the 2011 attacks and said that the lone survivor was sent to kill him in retaliation for being a police snitch in a motorcycle gang investigation.
The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/XWF1uo ) reports Beasley stepped to the witness stand from a wheelchair he uses for back problems. He testified in a calm, even voice.
His testimony came after the prosecution rested its case without calling 18-year-old co-defendant Brogan Rafferty. He was convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com