Akron: Richard Beasley testifies in Craigslist trial

7:30 PM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- Closing arguments are set for Thursday in the Craigslist murder trial being held in Akron.

The defense rested its case this afternoon. 

The bulk of the defense's case was comprised of testimony from defendant Richard Beasley, 53, who took the stand in his own defense.

He is on trial for the murders of three men that proseuctors say were lured to their deaths by a phony farm job ad posted on Craigslist.

On the stand, 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. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Beasley's testimony came after the prosecutors rested without calling 18-year-old co-defendant Brogan Rafferty. He was convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison without parole. 


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