Suspect in Ohio Craigslist case pleads not guilty

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 9:59 a.m. CST

AKRON, Ohio — A self-styled chaplain suspected in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme in Ohio has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder and kidnapping.

An attorney for Richard Beasley, 52, entered the plea Wednesday on his behalf.

Beasley hid his face in his arms during his arraignment by video hookup from jail. He asked about news cameras in the Akron courtroom and said he worried showing his face might contaminate the jury pool.

He is accused of killing three men and wounding a fourth. Prosecutors said victims of the alleged plot were lured with a Craigslist job ad.

Beasley was indicted on 27 counts and could face the death penalty if convicted. He denied involvement in the killings.

A 16-year-old boy also charged in the case has pleaded not guilty.

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