Jury must weigh death sentence for Ohio killer

  • Associated Press
  • March 20, 2013 - 1:16 AM

AKRON, Ohio - Jurors who convicted a self-styled Ohio preacher for killing three men lured with Craigslist job offers must return to consider his sentence.

The jury in Akron was scheduled to return Wednesday in the case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley. The jury must decide whether to recommend the death penalty.

He was convicted last week of killing three men and wounding a fourth, all lured with offers of farmhand jobs in southeast Ohio. The survivor was wounded, fled into the woods and tipped off police.

Beasley's co-defendant, then 16 years old, was too young to face the death penalty. Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life without chance of parole on his conviction last year.

Beasley testified that the survivor pulled a gun on him in retaliation for being a police informant.

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