Brogan Rafferty, teen suspect in Ohio "Craigslist killings," headed to trial

Brogan Rafferty, 16, of Stow, Ohio listens during a hearing in the courtroom of Judge John W. Nau at the Noble County Courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, in Caldwell, Ohio. Rafferty faces juvenile charges of aggravated murder, complicity to aggravated murder, attempted murder and complicity to attempted murder in the death of one man and the shooting of another. Authorities say the teenager was involved in a scheme in which applicants answering a Craigslist ad for a phony job at a nonexistent cattle ranch in Noble County, 90 miles south of Akron in rural southeastern Ohio, were robbed, then killed.
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Brogan Rafferty
Ed Suba Jr.,AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal

(CBS/AP) AKRON, Ohio - Jury selection began Tuesday for an Ohio teenager charged in a deadly scheme to lure victims with fake Craigslist job offers.

Brogan Rafferty, now 17, is suspected of helping 53-year-old Richard Beasley lure victims to a remote location where they were robbed and murdered. Beasley will be tried separately.

Three men were killed last year in Noble County in southeast Ohio and Summit County in northeast Ohio after responding to what authorities said were bogus online job postings.

Rafferty, who is being tried as an adult, cannot face execution because he was 16-years-old and a juvenile when the crimes occurred. Instead, he could face life in prison.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Beasley, a Texas parolee who returned to Ohio in 2004 after serving time on a burglary conviction. He was awaiting trial on prostitution and drug charges when authorities took him into custody. Police have said a halfway house he ran in Akron was a front for prostitution.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty in the killings.

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