Teenage Craigslist killer, Brogan Rafferty was found guilty on Tuesday, for taking part in three killings in the Akron, Ohio area.
Though his defense attornies argued that the 17-year-old was acting under the duress of his alleged accomplice, a self-styled chaplain depicted as a mentor, the jury found that Rafferty was a willing participant in 3 killings and the attempt of a 4th.
Rafferty was accused of helping Craigslist killer, Richard Beasley, lure four victims at separate times with bogus Craigslist job offers to a nonexistent cattle farm in rural Noble County in southeast Ohio.
Beasley then robbed and shot the victims when they showed up, the fourth victim survived after only being shot in the arm.
With hands clasped behind his back as he stood, Rafferty showed no emotion when the guilty verdict’s were read. His mother cried.
Reporter’s asked the teenage Craigslist killer what he thought of the verdict’s as he was led away from the court room. His only response was, “Nothing to say.”
“We were trying to be fair, and we were fair,” jury foreman Dana Nash said afterward about deciding on all 25 charges against Rafferty. “We listened to everything, we observed everything, and we feel we made the right decision.” He was found guilty on 24 of the 25 charges.
Rafferty had claimed in his testimony that he did not want to take part in the violence but feared for his own life if he didn’t. Prosecutor Emily Pelphrey told jurors, “He made the choices he wanted to make.”
He now faces sentencing on November 5th. and since he was tried as an adult, he faces the maximum of life in prison.