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Ohio Court upholds death sentence for "Craigslist Killer"

58-year-old Richard Beasley was convicted of partnering with a teenage boy in 2011 to lure victims with promises of jobs on an Ohio farm.

Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 3:27 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers.

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The court ruled Friday in the case of death row inmate Richard Beasley. The 58-year-old Beasley was convicted of partnering with a teenage boy in 2011 to lure victims with promises of jobs on an Ohio farm.

The court rejected arguments by Beasley's attorneys that he was denied a fair trial because a judge rejected requests to move the trial because of publicity, and that there wasn't enough evidence to convict him.

The court ordered Beasley resentenced on noncapital charges including attempted murder and robbery.

Defense attorney Donald Gallick said he was disappointed, and planned an appeal in the federal courts.

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