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The Suburbanite
  • No verdict yet in Craigslist killings trial

  • The jury will resume its discussions Monday in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

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  • Jurors in the aggravated murder trial of Brogan Rafferty deliberated all day Friday without reaching a verdict.
    The jury will resume its discussions Monday in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
    Rafferty, 17, of Stow, faces a 25-count indictment, including aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery, plus numerous gun specifications.
    Prosecutors said he helped Richard J. Beasley, 53, of Akron, lure three men to rural Noble County with promises of farm work in 2011.
    According to two weeks of testimony, the first victim, Ralph Geiger, 56, of Akron, was killed in early August, followed by James M. Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Va., in October.
    The third man taken to Noble County, Scott Davis, a 49-year-old former Stark County resident, survived being shot and escaped in early November.
    The final victim was Timothy J. Kern, 47, of Jackson Township. Instead of going to southern Ohio, Kern was killed in Akron, a week after Davis was shot.
    Rafferty denied shooting any of the men, but admitted to digging their graves and helping Beasley in other ways.
    The defense said Beasley manipulated Rafferty, who was 16 when the killings happened, but prosecutors said the teen was a willing accomplice.
    The jury deliberated about two hours Thursday and about seven hours Friday, with several breaks before leaving for the weekend.