Jury being picked in teen Craigslist killings case

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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The initial prospective jurors interviewed by the judge and attorneys seemed familiar with the allegations, one describing Rafferty as having claimed he was "brainwashed" and other calling him "somehow associated" with Beasley.

Despite the case's high profile, the judge said she wasn't looking for jurors who hadn't heard anything about it, but jurors who could put any preconceptions aside and listed to the evidence.

The body of David Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Va., was found on Noble County property owned by a coal company and often leased to hunters.

Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, was found in a shallow grave near an Akron-area shopping mall. He had been shot in the head.

The body of Ralph Geiger, 55, of Akron, was found in Noble County, dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

A South Carolina man, Scott Davis, escaped after being shot in the arm by hiding in woods until it got dark. He has been subpoenaed to testify at Rafferty's trial.

Beasley was a Texas parolee who returned to Ohio in 2004 after serving time on a burglary conviction. He was awaiting trial on prostitution and drug charges when authorities took him into custody.

Police have said a halfway house he ran in Akron was a front for prostitution. Authorities said he was a mentor for Rafferty and had befriended him.