AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The case against the alleged triggerman charged in Ohio with killing three men by luring them with Craigslist job offers has gone to the jury.
A judge in Akron turned the case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley over to jurors late Monday afternoon after closing statements. The judge suggested they deliberate until 9 p.m.
Jurors will be sequestered in a hotel during deliberations
If Beasley is convicted of aggravated murder, the same jury will return to decide whether to recommend the death penalty.
Prosecutors said Beasley and a teenage co-defendant who has been convicted used the job postings as bait in a robbery plot aimed at down-on-their-luck victims with few family ties that might highlight their disappearance.
A fourth victim was wounded and escaped. The survivor testified against both defendants.