Psychologist testifies for Ohio killer's life

THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Published:

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A psychologist testifying to spare the life of a triple killer who lured his victims with Craigslist job offers says the defendant suffers from personality disorders.

Psychologist John Fabian testified Wednesday in Akron, Ohio, as the defense tries to persuade a jury to spare the life of 53-year-old Richard Beasley.

Fabian says Beasley suffers from depression, alcohol abuse, low self-esteem and a feeling of isolation, all possible results of a troubled, abusive childhood. Beasley's mother testified earlier about his difficult childhood.

The same jury that convicted Beasley must decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison.

Beasley's co-defendant, then 16 years old, was too young to face the death penalty. Brogan Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on his conviction last year.