CALDWELL - A teenager accused in a deadly robbery scheme that lured victims with a phony Craigslist job ad can be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Thursday.
Prosecutors had presented enough evidence that the case of 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty should be transferred, Judge John Nau of Noble County Juvenile Court said.
The decision means Rafferty, if convicted, could face life in prison without parole instead of just a few years in a juvenile detention center.
The Associated Press generally does not identify juvenile suspects, but Rafferty's name has been widely reported by local and national media outlets.
Rafferty will be charged in adult court, possibly this month, with charges similar to the juvenile counts, Noble County Prosecutor Clifford Sickler said. He said the counts would be "probably limited in the number," without elaborating.
Juvenile charges against Rafferty accused him of killing David Pauley of Norfolk, Va., with the assistance of 52-year-old Richard Beasley, a self-styled chaplain and mentor to the boy. The charges allege Rafferty and Beasley also tried to kill Scott Davis, a South Carolina man who escaped after being shot in the arm by hiding in woods until it got dark.
Beasley is being held in Summit County Jail in Akron on unrelated drug and prostitution charges.