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The Suburbanite
  • Jury selection to begin in second Craigslist killings trial

  • Jury selection is set to start Tuesday in Summit County in the trial of an Akron man accused of killing three men in what have been called the “Craigslist killings.” One of the victims is a Jackson Township man.

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  • Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of luring three men to their deaths in what have been called the “Craigslist killings.”
    Richard J. Beasley, of Akron, has been charged with nine counts of aggravated murder for three victims, including Timothy J. Kern, 47, of Jackson Township.
    Jury selection will start at the Akron Civic Theater and then be moved to the Summit County Courthouse to accommodate the number of people expected to be considered for the jury.
    It could take more than a week for a jury to be seated.
    In January, the Summit County prosecutor and Ohio attorney general announced a 27-count indictment against Beasley — he could face the death penalty.
    “We are dealing with serial killings here,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said at a press conference in January.
    The other victims are Ralph H. Geiger, 56, of Akron, and David M. Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Va. Beasley shot each man, according to the indictment.
    The victims answered a Craigslist advertisement offering work on a Noble County farm, DeWine said.
    Beasley is also charged with attempted murder for the November shooting of Scott W. Davis, 48, a South Carolina man with Stark County ties. Davis survived the shooting, which prompted the investigation into Beasley and teenager Brogan Rafferty of Stow.
    In October, Rafferty was found guilty of the aggravated murders of Geiger, Pauley and Kern. Prosecutors said Rafferty helped Beasley entice the victims into deadly robberies with the fake job offer.
    In November, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne S. Callahan sentenced the 17-year-old to life in prison without parole.