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Craigslist Slayings: Ohio Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty

Richard Beasley

THOMAS J. SHEERAN   12/ 5/11 02:36 PM ET   AP

CLEVELAND — A prosecutor in Ohio says a self-styled chaplain suspected in the Craigslist slayings will be charged with murder and could face the death penalty.

The announcement came Monday in Akron from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. She says her office will press murder and attempted murder charges against 52-year-old Richard Beasley. He's locked up in Akron on unrelated prostitution and drug charges.

Three deaths are under investigation in the alleged plot to lure victims with a phony Craigslist job ad.

Beasley has denied any involvement. A teen acquaintance of his from Akron has been charged with murder.

The prosecutor says local and federal officials signed off on the agreement to let her office take the lead.

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