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ONE SUSPECT CONSIDERS DEAL IN KING MURDER

One of seven people facing murder charges in the beating death of Kevin King of Olean is considering a plea deal.

Discussions in the case were scheduled today in Cattaraugus County Court. Cory Shea, 28, of Longwood, Fla., is expected to consider a plea of criminally negligent homicide.

King, 28, was beaten to death on Oct. 23, 1994, outside an Olean coffee shop after he and two friends fought with as many as 10 others.

Shea and six others pleaded innocent to charges of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree manslaughter and first- and second-degree assault. An eighth person has pleaded innocent to lesser charges.

Shea and his attorney, Marc Lubet of Florida, plan to meet with District Attorney Michael P. Nevins and Judge Larry M. Himelein to discuss the plea.

The case is being prosecuted by staff from the office of state Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco.

A conviction of criminally negligent homicide carries a minimum sentence of probation and a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

In February 1995, after a Cattaraugus County grand jury failed to indict anyone in the case, Randy King, the victim's brother, pushed for a new investigation.

In March 1995, Vacco joined the probe at the request of the Cattaraugus County Legislature.

Nevins deputized Vacco and several of his senior state prosecutors to handle the investigation. King's body was exhumed, and a second autopsy determined his death was a homicide.

Last November, a second Cattaraugus County grand jury indicted eight men and two women.

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