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Jury gets case in Ohio's Craigslist murder trial

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The case against the alleged triggerman charged in Ohio with killing three men by luring them with Craigslist job offers has gone to the jury.

A judge in Akron turned the case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley over to jurors late Monday afternoon after closing statements. The judge suggested they deliberate until 9 p.m.

Jurors will be sequestered in a hotel during deliberations

If Beasley is convicted of aggravated murder, the same jury will return to decide whether to recommend the death penalty.

Prosecutors said Beasley and a teenage co-defendant who has been convicted used the job postings as bait in a robbery plot aimed at down-on-their-luck victims with few family ties that might highlight their disappearance.

A fourth victim was wounded and escaped. The survivor testified against both defendants.

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