A Summit County judge has upheld a jury's verdict, sentencing craigslist killer Richard Beasley to death.
AKRON, Ohio - The mother of a Summit County teen, who's accused in a craigslist murder-robbery plot, spoke to NewsChannel5 about the allegations.
We first told you about this story last week, where a man responded to an ad on craigslist and was shot.
It all began in October, when a Florida man was looking for a job on a cattle farm just east of Columbus.
After answering that ad in person, the Florida man was never seen again.
On Nov. 6, police said a South Carolina man answered a similar ad for work on the same southeast Ohio farm, but when he got to Ohio, he said two men pulled a gun on him and opened fire. He was shot in the arm, but escaped and notified authorities.
that's when investigators found the body of the Florida man buried in a shallow grave.
Last week, police arrested two suspects. One of them, police said, was a 16-year-old from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.
The teen's mother said the other suspect, 52-year-old Richard Beasley, was her son's mentor.
The teen's mom told NewsChannel5 she can't imagine her son ever hurting anyone.
"I've never ever had that thought or fear and I don't know what the situation is. I've not really been able to talk to him without recordings, cameras and without an attorney. But I know one thing my son loves helping handicapped people, he loves helping elderly and he has a big heart."
The mother says Beasley was a longtime family friend, for more than 20 years. Her son will be back in court at the end of the month to answer to the charges.
A triple killer who lured victims with bogus job offers on Craigslist faced a possible death sentence before an Ohio judge deciding his punishment.
A Summit County judge has rescheduled craigslist killer Richard Beasley sentencing.
A judge in Ohio must make a life-or-death decision in sentencing a self-styled street preacher for the murders of three down-and-out men lured by Craigslist job offers. You can watch a live stream on newsnet5.com or app.
Jurors have recommended that Richard Beasley, the man convicted of murdering men by luring them with a phony craigslist job ad, die for the crimes.
Life or death? Jurors will reveal at 6 p.m. whether craigslist killer Richard Beasley will live or die.
Jurors are now deliberating the fate of craigslist killer Richard Beasley, deciding whether he will live or die.
The sentencing phase begins on Wednesday for the Akron man convicted of killing three after luring them with fake craigslist job postings.
The mother of convicted murderer Richard Beasley thought he would be found innocent in the craigslist murder case.
A self-styled street preacher accused in a deadly plot to lure men with phony craigslist job offers and then rob them was found guilty of aggravated murder and could face the death penalty.