Graphic testimony in trial of man accused of killing his girlfriend in her dorm room

Updated: 05/15/2014 6:37 PM
Created: 05/15/2014 7:01 AM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

It has been an emotional day at the trial of a man accused of killing a College at Brockport student. 

Clayton Whittemore is accused of beating his girlfriend to death inside her dorm room in September of 2012. Alexandra Kogut was a freshman at the school. 

Thursday was the first day of testimony and it was very graphic. A campus police officer, who found Alex Kogut’s body, and a sheriff’s deputy, who photographed and videotaped the crime scene took the witness stand. 

College at Brockport Campus Police Officer Michael Johnson told the jury he found Alexandra Kogut's lifeless body while completing a wellness check at her campus dorm. He testified she was lying in the center of the floor, with her hands in an unnatural position.  He said he checked for a pulse and there were no signs of life. 

Office Johnson testified he noticed a clothes iron in the room, which appeared to have blood on it.  He said there were bloody footprints on the carpet and blood splatter throughout the room.     

Also taking the witness stand was Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Williams. He took video and photos of the crime scene. One photo included the iron.  

Deputy Williams said, "You can see there's blood present there as well as human hair." 

The prosecution says Clayton Whitmore used the iron to kill Kogut.   

Other photos showed blood stains on a pillow and bed. Also, there was a broken pencil near Kogut's body and an Old Spice can that had several dents.

There were a lot of other photos shown during testimony Thursday that were just too graphic.   


Whittemore faces 25 years to life in prison if he’s convicted.

Jennifer Mobilia was in court following the testimony. You can see her updates on Twitter.

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