Verdict reached in Ohio Craigslist killings case

THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Published:

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio jury has reached a verdict in the murder case against an ex-convict charged in the deaths of three men lured with Craigslist job offers.

The trial judge in Akron sent word Tuesday to all parties involved in the case against Richard Beasley to convene in her courtroom.

Two men from Ohio and one from Norfolk, Va., were slain. A man from South Carolina was shot but survived.

Beasley could face the death penalty if convicted.

Prosecutors say he plotted with a teenager, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Beasley says investigators targeted him based only on a hunch.