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Jury gets case in Ohio's Craigslist murder trial


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Deliberations have ended for the day in the Ohio murder case of a self-styled street preacher accused of killing three men he lured with phony Craigslist job offers.

Jurors in Akron got the case Monday afternoon and worked into the evening at the judge's suggestion. They resume Tuesday. They will be sequestered in a hotel nightly until they reach a verdict.

The defense for Richard Beasley attacked the prosecution's identity theft and robbery motives as baseless. But the prosecution calls Beasley the mastermind of the plot.

Two men from Ohio and one from Virginia were killed. One from South Carolina was shot but escaped.

Beasley could get the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder.

A high school student was convicted and sentenced last year to life in prison.

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