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Corfu mayoral candidate accused of murder

The Wende corrections officer who was arrested this week for allegedly beating a Pembroke man to death is the Republican candidate for mayor in the Village of Corfu, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Scott F. Doll, 46, was charged with second-degree murder after he was seen walking Monday night on North Lake Road in Pembroke carrying tools and wearing bloodstained clothing, according to Genesee County sheriff's investigators.

Authorities identified the victim as Joseph A. Benaquist, 66, a retired corrections officer who had worked at Wende Correctional Facility. His body, which bore signs of blunt force trauma, was found in the driveway of his home at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Sandy Thomas, Corfu village clerk, confirmed that Doll is on the ballot for the March 18 election. He is running against incumbent Mayor Todd Skeet.

Doll was nominated at the village Republican caucus Jan. 26. Thomas said there is no way to remove Doll's name from the ballot this close to the election.

Doll's arrest and its implications for the upcoming election have been the talk of the village of less than 800, Thomas said. "You don't know how many phone calls I've had," she said.

Doll, arraigned Tuesday before Pembroke Town Justice David M. O'Connor, is being held without bail in Genesee County Jail. A grand jury is expected to hear the case this morning.

Doll and Benaquist purchased old cars from a Clarence auction together and fixed them up to resell, officials said.

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