Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 20, 2013

Mother testifies to spare son's life in Ohio case

THOMAS J. SHEERAN,Associated Press
Associated Press

PRINCETON —

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a triple killer who lured his victims with Craigslist job offers is seeking to spare his life, testifying that he had a troubled childhood and suffered physical and sexual abuse.

Carol Beasley testified Wednesday in Akron in the sentencing phase of the trial of her son, 53-year-old Richard Beasley. He was convicted last week of killing three men and wounding a fourth, all lured with offers of farmhand jobs in southeast Ohio in 2011.

The same jury must now decide whether to recommend the death penalty.

Beasley's co-defendant, then 16 years old, was too young to face the death penalty. Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on his conviction last year.