LOCKPORT, NY-- A teen charged with bludgeoning a group home worker to death last year has been found guilty of second degree murder, robbery and burglary.
The jury found him not guilty of first degree murder.
Anthony Allen, 19, was originally charged with ten counts, including first degree murder. The victim, Renee Greco was a New Directions Youth and Family Services employee. She was killed on the job inside a group home on East Avenue in Lockport in June 2009.
Jurors heard evidence that Allen beat Greco over the head with a wooden table leg with screws in it.
Another group home resident, Robert Thousand pleaded guilty to manslaughter and admitted he was an accessory to the murder when he placed a blanket over Greco's head while Allen bludgeoned her.
The jury have requested to hear two 911 calls made from the group home the night of the murder. They also are listening again to more testimony and Allen's interview with a detective.
Greco's family is inside the Niagara County courthouse, along with friends. Some are wearing t-shirts in memory of Renee.
"We want justice," said Jocelyn Buczek, a friend of Greco's.
On Thursday, Greco's Father said he would only find a verdict of first degree murder acceptable.