Deadly Craigslist Scheme

October 31, 2012 by  

Deadly Craigslist Scheme, A deadly Craiglist scheme was in large part orchestrated by 17-year-old Ohio teen Brogan Rafferty, a jury said on Tuesday. Found guilty of aggravated murder, Rafferty was accused of helping Richard Beasley of Akron lure victims with fake Craigslist job listings.

Jurors reached the verdict after four days of deliberations, convicting Rafferty of three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder.

Despite being under 18, Rafferty was depicted by prosecutors as someone very willing to learn and help in three killings, while the defense tried to claim he was being pressured by a much-older mentor-turned-abuser.

The police say that Rafferty and Beasley, 53, directed four victims to a nonexistent cattle farm in rural Noble County in southeast Ohio based on the premise that they would get work. According to authorities, Beasley shot and killed three of the men, leaving a fourth victim wounded in the arm by gunshot. The motive was allegedly robbery.

Though Rafferty didn’t speak to reporters after the sentencing, the father of victim Timothy Kern moved his fingers into a “thumbs up” motion after the verdict was reached. Jury forewoman Dana Nash said it was a difficult decision because Rafferty is only 17.

Beasley pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty at a separate trial.

Coming on the heels of the death of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale – which many blamed on Facebook – observers are debating whether websites need to be better monitored or victims need to be less trusting.

Either way, Dana Nash said the jury considered all options. “We were trying to be fair, and we were fair,” Nash said afterward. “We listened to everything, we observed everything, and we feel we made the right decision.”

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