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He now is linked to an autumn plot in which, authorities say, someone tried to lure robbery victims by posting a bogus ad touting a cattle farm job in southeast Ohio. Authorities have linked two bodies and the shooting of a man who survived to the scheme, which targeted single, out-of-work men in their late 40s or early 50s.
The investigators heading up the Craigslist inquiry also found a third body but have yet to link it to the case. When Beasley was arrested June 24 on a drug-dealing charge in Ohio, authorities in Texas at first asked that he be held for violating parole on a burglary conviction in that state. Ohio officials said Beasley would have remained behind bars but that Texas officials decided he could be freed at least until the Ohio case was resolved.
On Thursday, Beasley was wheeled into court in Akron on the drug charge, which alleges he was illegally dealing prescription painkillers in November The legal problems faced by Beasley, a year-old self-styled chaplain and youth mentor, are mounting: His attorney said a prostitution case involving Beasley and a year-old boy would be upgraded with a racketeering charge Friday.
The drug and prostitution cases in Akron are unrelated to a widening Craigslist homicide investigation.
In that case, year-old Brogan Rafferty, of nearby Stow, faces juvenile charges of aggravated murder, complicity to aggravated murder, attempted murder and complicity to attempted murder in the death of one man and the shooting of another. The complaint against Rafferty says he participated in the crimes with Beasley, who has not been charged in the Craigslist case.
Beasley walked into court but later complained that he felt ill, and he was wheeled by deputies before the judge. Beasley is taking medication for back pain, Kotnik said.
Kotnik said earlier this week that Texas had wanted Beasley held regardless of his circumstances. The bond revocation in the drug case for failing to appear for a Sept.
A count count indictment returned Wednesday charges Beasley with promoting prostitution and, in the case of a year-old boy, compelling prostitution. Kotnik said Beasley would fight the drug charge.
He claims he was entrapped by an informant who was involved in a drug deal. Hot Property. About Us. Community papers. Games, Puzzles, and Crossword.
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Texas approved Craigslist suspect jail release Richard J. Beasley is a suspect in the deadly Craigslist robbery scheme. Authorities have linked two bodies and the shooting of a man who survived to the Craigslist scheme, which targeted single, out-of-work men in their late 40s or early 50s.
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