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A Genesee County Court jury Wednesday found Gregory A. Cole, 33, of Batavia guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of Steffan Tyson Carter, 24, of Rochester.

Jurors deliberated nearly eight hours before handing up the verdict to Judge Mark H. Dadd. Sentencing is set for Dec. 19.

Carter was killed by repeated blows of a hammer in an Ellicott Street apartment. His body was found Oct. 20, 1996, three weeks later, in a field off the Batavia-Bethany Townline Road. Cole was arrested two days after that by State Police who said the pair were involved in the drug trade.

Cole testified Monday, denying that he committed the murder and calling a six-page confession, which he allegedly made to State Police, "a lie."

Cole has been in Genesee County Jail since his arrest a year ago.

He was represented by public defender Gary A. Gorton and first assistant Thomas A. Burns. Prosecuting the case were district attorney Lawrence Friedman and first assistant David E. Gann.

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