Details from Beasley’s life
Richard James Beasley told jurors about his background during his direct testimony Wednesday at his Summit County capital murder trial. Here are some details he provided:
Born: Washington, D.C., on June 15, 1959.
Grew up: Weeks after birth, family relocated to Akron.
Early Akron years: Biological father not in picture. Mother, a longtime secretary at Buchtel High School, remarried. She and Beasley’s stepfather will mark 50 years of marriage this year. Stepfather was longtime truck driver with Teamsters Local 24.
High school: Graduated from Buchtel in 1976.
Later education: Took trade-school courses to become machinist.
Injured: In 2005 or 2006 (he was unclear), in rollover accident after a dump truck hit his car. Multiple head, chest, back, spinal injuries. Prescribed opiate pain medications.
Criminal history: Texas “daytime burglary” conviction, 30 years ago. Served four years in Texas prison. Released on parole.
Other offenses: Federal prison time, firearms offense for possession under previous felony disability, paroled after unspecified time.
Arrested in Craigslist case: Nov. 16, 2011, in Akron, near Gridley Street home where he had rented room for several weeks. Had outstanding fugitive warrant. Has been held at Summit County Jail since arrest by FBI SWAT team.
Personal: One daughter from former marriage, living in Akron area.
Potential sentence: Faces death penalty if convicted on any of multiple counts of aggravated murder.