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Akron: 26 guilty verdicts reached in Craigslist murder trial

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AKRON --  Jurors reached verdicts in the triple-murder trial of Richard Beasley. Jurors will return starting March 20 to determine if he is to receive the death penalty.

Richard Beasley, 53, faced 26 criminal charges.

The three men killed were Ralph Geiger, 56, of Akron; David Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Va.; and Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon.

THE VERDICTS:

Count One: GUILTY of aggravated murder of Ralph Geiger

Count 2: GUILTY of aggravated murder of Ralph Geiger

Count 3: GUILTY of aggravated murder of Ralph Geiger

Count 4: GUILTY of aggravated murder of David Pauley

Count 5: GUILTY of aggravated murder of David Pauley

Count 6: GUILTY of aggravated murder of David Pauley 

Count 7: GUILTY of aggravated murder of Timothy Kern

Count 8: GUILTY aggravated murder of Timothy Kern

Count 9: GUILTY of aggravated murder of Timothy Kern

Count 10: GUILTY of attempted murder of Scott Davis

Count 11: GUILTY of aggravated robbery of Ralph Geiger

Count 12: GUILTY of aggravated robbery with a firearm of David Pauley

Count 13: GUILTY of aggravated robbery of Scott davis

Count 14: GUILTY of aggravated robbery of Timothy Kern

Count 15: GUILTY of kidnapping Geiger with a firearm

Count 16: GUILTY of kidnapping David Pauley

Count 17: GUILTY of kidnapping Scott Davis

Count 18: GUILTY of kidnapping Timothy Kern

Count 19: GUILTY of having weapons under disability

Count 20: GUILTY of having weapons under disability

Count 21: GUILTY of having weapons under disability

Count 22: GUILTY of having weapons under disability

Count 23: GUILTY of identity fraud regarding Ralph Geiger

Count 24: GUILTY of grand theft

Count 26: GUILTY of petty theft of David Pauley

COUNT 27: GUILTY of petty theft of Timothy Kern

Beasley faced 26 criminal charges, including the murder of three men, the attempted murder of a fourth, and theft and identity fraud.

Prosecutors say he used phony Craigslist ads to lure his victims to a remote farm in Noble County, Ohio.

They had about 80 jury forms to fill out, once they reached a verdict.

Prosecutors said Beasley and Brogan Rafferty used the job postings as bait in a robbery plot aimed at down-on-their-luck victims with few family ties that might highlight their disappearance.

Beasley's teenage co-defendant Brogan Rafferty, too young to face the death penalty, was convicted in late 2012 and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Jurors reconvened on Tuesday at 9 a.m. to resume deliberations after receiving the case late Monday afternoon. Jurors were sequestered overnight during their deliberations.

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