Report: Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Ohio "Craigslist murders"

Richard J. Beasley is expected to be charged with murder and attempted murder
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(CBS) AKRON, Ohio - Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty in the case of two people accused of luring three men to their deaths through a Craigslist job ad.

CBS affiliate WOIO reports that the second suspect in the case, 52-year-old Richard Beasley, is expected to be charged with the murders, and attempted murder of a fourth man. Beasley is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges.

Brogan Rafferty, 16, has already been charged with murder and attempted murder in the case. Beasley was reportedly a family friend and mentor to Rafferty.

Last month, authorities found the bodies of Ralph H. Geiger, 56, and David Pauley, 51 in a wooded area in Noble County. According to CBS affiliate WHIO, a friend of Geiger's said the divorced man was desperate for work. The body of 47-year-old Timothy Kern was found near a shopping mall in Akron. According to WOIO, his family told authorities he was going to meet someone about a job.

Complete coverage of the Ohio Craigslist murder case on Crimesider

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