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

The assignment commissioner of Noble County Probate Court scheduled a Dec. 15 hearing to determine whether the teen should be tried as an adult. Rafferty appeared briefly in court earlier this week but the hearing was postponed because his father, who wasn't present, hadn't received proper notice of new charges filed last week.
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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.

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