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Beacon First: Craigslist killings trial begins

By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer

A photograph of murder defendant Richard Beasley (left) and Brogan Rafferty was show during opening statements by the prosecution in Summit County Court on Monday in Akron, Ohio. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)

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Richard Beasley is no saint. He’s also not a triple murderer, his attorney told a jury Monday.

The opening remarks by defense attorney James Burdon reflected the first public defense of Beasley, the self-proclaimed Akron minister and purported mastermind of the 2011 Craigslist killings.

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