Seven jurors seated in trial for man charged in death of girlfriend at The College at Brockport

Updated: 05/13/2014 5:23 PM
Created: 05/13/2014 6:42 AM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

Seven jurors were selected Tuesday in the case of the man who is charged with murdering his girlfriend at the College at Brockport. 

Officials say Clayton Whittemore beat freshman Alexandra Kogut to death with a curling iron. He reportedly told authorities he snapped.

The attorneys and the judge are taking their time, making sure they select a fair and impartial jury. The case could last three to four weeks.

On Tuesday, during jury selection, the defense said they don't plan on taking more than two to three days, however, we still don't know if Clayton Whittemore is going to take the stand. 

Meanwhile, as the murder trial is about to get underway, friends of the victim are remembering her and trying to raise awareness for domestic violence.

Purple ribbons line the walkway at the College at Brockport student union.

Kara Miller, freshman, said, “I think it is really good that people still remember her and to be aware of the situation and about domestic violence."

School officials say Paige Whitney, a close friend of Alex Kogut, put these ribbons out Monday as jury selection in the Clayton Whittemore murder trial began. Whittemore was Kogut’s boyfriend. He’s accused of beating her to death with a curling iron in her dorm room in September 2012.

Samantha Annable, freshman, said, “Just walking around town, there's a lot of banners remembering her. Everyone is just making sure everyone knows who she was and how big of a part of the community she was even though she was here for such a short time.”

Purple was Kogut’s favorite color. It is also the color for domestic violence awareness.

Margot Toups, senior, said, "I think it's a really great thing that people on campus are increasing awareness of issues with battered women and making sure there's a reminder in the community of what happened so people can support each other.”

And off campus, just one block away at a house known as the Swim House, a banner hangs, reading, “Always love, never forget Alex.”

Alex was a well-known swimmer at her high school in the Utica area. On Monday, the district attorney said she was hopeful opening statements would begin Wednesday and that could still happen if a jury is selected first thing Wednesday morning.  

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