A man who ran for mayor last year in the Genesee county village of Corfu is now a convicted murderer. After roughly nine hours of deliberation a jury found Scott Doll guilty of second degree murder on Wednesday for killing his business partner Joseph Benaquist in February 2009. When the jury read the guilty verdict there were sighs of relief from Benaquist's friends and family and cries of despair from Doll's relatives, but there was little emotion shown by Scott Doll himself.
Doll is part of a well-known family in Corfu where 47 people still voted for him for mayor last March after he'd been charged with murder. Doll lost the election.
Joseph Benaquist was found beaten to death in the driveway of his Pembroke home in February 2009. Police arrested Doll after they spotted him near the crime scene with the victim's blood on his clothes, shoes, and vehicle. Police say at the time Doll would not tell them how the blood got there. Doll later claimed he'd gone to Benaquist's house and found his friend bleeding and tried to help him. The jury apparently did not believe Doll's story.
Doll's attorney plans to appeal the conviction based on the fact that officers continued to question Doll the night of the arrest even after Doll told them he wanted to speak to an attorney. An appeals judge will decide if that violated Doll's rights. The appeal will not happen though before Doll is sentenced on July 2nd.