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Adult suspect in Ohio Craigslist killings pleads not guilty, hides face during arraignment
AKRON, Ohio (AP) ' 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 52-year old Richard 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 that showing his face might contaminate the jury pool.
He's accused of killing three men and wounding a fourth. Prosecutors say 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 has denied involvement in the killings.
A 16-year-old boy also charged in the case has pleaded not guilty.