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  • Beasley’s death-penalty hearing rescheduled

  • Summit County Common Pleas Judge Lynne Callahan has delayed the sentencing of Richard Beasley until April 4.

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  • Convicted Craigslist killer Richard Beasley will wait until next week to find out if a Summit County judge will uphold a jury’s recommendation that he get the death penalty.
    Common Pleas Judge Lynne Callahan was scheduled to issue a sentence Tuesday, but following a request for a delay, rescheduled the proceeding for 10 a.m. April 4.
    “I apologize for the delay,” Callahan told a full courtroom awaiting the hearing. “We had hoped we could continue this afternoon. That is not the case.”
    No explanation was offered. But only one of Beasley’s defense attorneys, Lawrence Whitney, was on hand.
    A jury convicted Beasley earlier this month of 26 counts, including nine counts of aggravated murder. The same jury recommended the death sentence last week.
    Beasley was convicted of killing three men who responded to fake job offers posted on Craigslist, a classified advertisement website.
    Among Beasley’s victims was Timothy Kern, 47, who lived in Jackson Township. The other two were Ralph Geiger, 56, of Akron and David Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Va.
    Another intended victim, Scott Davis, who was shot in his arm, managed to escape Beasley.
    The job was to oversee some property in Noble County in southeastern Ohio.
    The killings occurred in 2011. The body of Kern, 47, was discovered in November of 2011 near the former Rolling Acres mall in southwest Akron.
    His parents, Jack and Ellen Kern of Jackson Township, were on hand Tuesday.
    When his son, Timothy Kern, was lured to the Craigslist job-offer posting, “he was working, but he wanted a better job,” Jack Kern said. “Sympathy for him (Beasley)? Of course not. He murdered our son.”
    A teenage co-defendant, Brogan Rafferty, was convicted in 2012 for his role in the crimes and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Rafferty, 18, had been a high school student in Stow.
    Reach Malcolm at 330-580-8305 or malcolm.hall@cantonrep.com
    On Twitter: @mhallREP

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