No verdict in Craigslist case, jury gone 'til Monday

4:19 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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The jury in the Craigslist murder trial has adjourned for the weekend after its first full day of deliberations.

The jury will decide the fate of teenager Brogan Rafferty who is facing 25 counts, including aggravated murder for the shooting deaths of three men.

If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The victims answered phony Craigslist job postings. Two were killed in eastern Ohio, the third in the Akron area.

The prosecution says it was an elaborate scheme to steal identities. Rafferty's alleged accomplice, Richard Beasley, was attempting to use the dead men's identities to avoid arrest on a separate criminal charge.

Rafferty says he went along with the scheme because he was afraid for his own life.

Beasley had been a father-figure and a family friend.  Beasley could face the death penalty if convicted.

His trial is expected to start in January.


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