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Appeals court: Jury erred in convicting man of 2008 Henrietta murder

The Appellate Division of state supreme court in Rochester said there was evidence proving Preston Carter was in the hotel room of the victim, Joel Greenberg. But the judges said prosecutors didn't establish he was guilty of murder, and that other suspects may have been overlooked. (WHAM file photo)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A man convicted of beating a man to death in a suburban Rochester hotel room has been cleared after a regional appellate court ruled the jury didn't have enough evidence to prove his guilt.

The Appellate Division of state supreme court in Rochester said there was evidence proving Preston Carter was in the hotel room of the victim, Joel Greenberg. But the judges said prosecutors didn't establish he was guilty of murder, and that other suspects may have been overlooked.

Greenberg, who was known to meet men for sex, was found dead in a blood-spattered Henrietta hotel room in 2008.

Carter, now 34, was sentenced to 25 years to life for murder. He's expected to be released from prison and return home to Rochester.

AP-WF-02-08-18 2036GMT

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