Ohio ready to start case in Craigslist slayings
Friday, October 12, 2012 5:37 AM
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio is ready to begin its case against a teenage boy charged in a deadly scheme to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers.
The judge in the Akron trial of 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow scheduled opening arguments by attorneys for Friday morning. Jury selection began Tuesday.
The judge expects the trial to last up to six weeks.
Rafferty, who is being tried as an adult, could face life in prison if convicted of the attacks that killed three men and wounded a fourth. The survivor has been subpoenaed to testify.
Rafferty's co-defendant and reputed mentor, 53-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron, also has pleaded not guilty. Beasley will be tried separately and could face the death penalty if convicted.