Court stands by death sentence for Craigslist killer

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FILE – In this Nov. 2005 file photo, public information director Larry Greene is shown in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. The state prisons agency announced Monday, June 29, 2015, that Ohio will test lethal injection drugs ahead of executions if it obtains specialty batches of the drugs, […]

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision upholding the death sentence for a man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers.

Death row inmate Richard Beasley was convicted of partnering with a teenage boy in 2011 to lure victims with promises of jobs on an Ohio farm.

The court in February upheld Beasley’s death sentence. On Wednesday the court unanimously rejected Beasley’s arguments that Justice Patrick DeWine should have excused himself because his father is Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Justice Pat Fischer said Beasley lost the chance to argue over the DeWine family connection by failing to raise it initially. Fischer also said the connection wouldn’t violate current judicial codes of conduct.

Beasley’s attorney plans an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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