Mother of accused teen in craigslist murder-robbery plot speaks out

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.

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