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Akron AP -- Jury selection began under tight security Feb.

Nine uniformed deputies watched as more than prospective jurors for the murder Craigslist akron of Richard Beasley entered the lobby of the ornate, year-old Akron Civic Theater because there was no courthouse room big enough.

As of press time, jury selection was still ongoing; Judge Lynne Callahan said the process could extend into next week and the trial could last six weeks.

She expects opening statements Feb.

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Beasley waived his right to be Craigslist akron in the theater but sat with his attorneys during individual questioning in the trial courtroom. Prosecutors have portrayed Beasley, 53, as an ex-con street preacher in Akron and mentor to a teenager convicted in the plot.

Beasley has pleaded not guilty to a count indictment. Stow teen Brogan Rafferty, who was then 17, was sentenced to life in prison in November after being found guilty in the plot.

Because of his age, he wasn't eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors have asked deputies to bring Rafferty from prison to testify at Beasley's trial. At his sentencing, Rafferty said the crimes were horrible but said he didn't recognize any chance to stop Craigslist akron killings.

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His defense attorney told the judge that Rafferty is willing to testify against Beasley. He said his client wouldn't stand convicted if it wasn't for Beasley.

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At Rafferty's trial, the jury Craigslist akron the defense claim that Rafferty feared for himself and his family if he didn't cooperate with Beasley. The judge cautioned prospective jurors for the Beasley trial not to discuss the case and to avoid media coverage.


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