Taped statements focus of Craigslist case hearing

4:26 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- A judge in the deadly Craigslist robbery case is deciding whether to throw out taped statements made to investigators by a teen suspect.

At a suppression hearing on Friday, Brogan Rafferty's defense attorneys told the court he was coerced into saying what he did on tape by his own state-appointed attorney. The prosecution disputes the claim.

Rafferty, who was 16 at the time of the interviews last year, told investigators that holes were dug on property in eastern Ohio to bury intended victims. But he said he didn't shoot anyone, instead blaming alleged accomplice Richard Beasley.

The taped statements were played in a courtroom during the first day of the hearing on Thursday.

Three men were killed last year in Noble and Summit counties after responding to what authorities said was a bogus online job posting. 

The Associated Press/WKYC-TV

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