Judge releases police interview in Clayton Whittemore case

Updated: 02/14/2014 6:35 PM
Created: 02/14/2014 11:16 AM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

It's a crime that shocked a local college. A young woman murdered in her dorm room. For the first time, News10NBC is hearing from the man investigators say killed her. 

News10NBC has new police interrogation video. Warning: the interrogation and video may be disturbing. But News10NBC feels it is important to give you this information in the case. State Supreme Court Judge Daniel Doyle agreed to release the video to News10NBC.

The suspect, Clayton Whittemore is charged with murder. The victim is his girlfriend. Police say Whittemore beat Alexandra Kogut to death in her dorm room at the College at Brockport in September 2012. There have been many delays with this case going to trial.

The videotaped interrogation lasts a total of about an hour and half involving two different investigators who questioned Whittemore about the crime. At times, Whittemore breaks down in tears as he provides details about the beating.

This was Clayton Whittemore just hours after the death of Alex Kogut in an interrogation room with police. 

Whittemore said, “She probably pushed me a little bit, (inaudible) hit me kind of, nothing that really hurt me, but all of sudden I just snapped, hit her back.”

Investigator said, “What caused you to snap?”

Whittemore says the two had been arguing. In the video, he says he hit Kogut with his fist. Whittemore then described how he became nervous about her breathing.

Whittemore said, "The way she was breathing was really what concerned me."

Investigator said, “Right, right. You say she was bleeding a lot?”

Whittemore said, “Not a lot, but you know, enough for you to see it."

Dressed in a white tee shirt and sweatpants, Whittemore told investigators in the recording that he felt like he needed to put her out of her misery, like he was watching an injured animal suffering.

Investigator said, “Did you hit her with anything else?”

Whittemore said, “Yeah.”

Investigator said, “What did you hit her with?”

Whittemore said, “Um, iron (inaudible).”

Investigator said, “What's that?”

Whittemore said, “Hair straightener."

Whittemore says he first called a classmate, then his parents and told them what he had done. He says he then got a call from Kogut’s mother who was nervously trying to reach her daughter.

Whittemore said, “I told her I didn’t know.”

Investigator said, “She was calling her right?”

Whittemore said, “I told her she was sleeping and after that I’d go check.”

Investigator said, “You told her you were going to check on her?”

Whittemore said, “(Nods) and then I called her back after that phone call and said she was (inaudible). And she said put her on the phone and it disconnected.”

Whittemore’s attorney says their client suffered an extreme emotional disturbance the night of the attack and they plan to introduce psychiatric evidence at his trial, which is scheduled for next month.

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