AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by bogus Craigslist job offers is appealing his death sentence to Ohio’s highest court.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2fAPduF ) the Ohio Supreme Court will hear the appeal of 58-year-old Richard Beasley Tuesday morning.
Beasley was convicted of partnering with a teenage boy in 2011 to lure victims with promises of jobs on a southeast Ohio farm. The job offers were posted on Craigslist.
One would-be victim escaped and notified police after the pair’s gun jammed. He ended up testifying at Beasley’s trial.
Beasley says national media coverage prevented him from getting a fair trial in Summit County.
The attorney general’s office says pretrial publicity barely made an impact on the jury pool.