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Testimony continues in trial of man accused of beating his girlfriend to death

Updated: 05/19/2014 10:50 PM
Created: 05/19/2014 12:13 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

The trial of a young man accused of beating his girlfriend to death inside her College at Brockport dorm room is in its second week. On Monday, prosecutors released evidence photos and jurors heard more graphic testimony from the suspect.

Clayton Whittemore is charged with murder. Police say he beat his girlfriend, Alexandra Kogut, to death inside her Brockport dorm room in the fall of 2012. Kogut was a freshman.

The jury saw the rest of the interrogation video that was taken just hours after Alexandra Kogut was murdered. The district attorney says Clayton Whittemore’s demeanor in the video paints a picture of who he is. 

In the video, Clayton Whittemore tells a state police investigator that he “snapped” while arguing with Kogut over a photo she found on his cell phone. 

Sandra Doorley, Monroe County District Attorney, "I think the video speaks for itself, you see him at points, I believe, brag about his actions.”

In the video, Whittemore says the two began pushing each other and then their argument turned violent.

Also Monday, the district attorney released four of the more than 100 evidence photos the jury saw last week. Three of the pictures show the bloody clothes iron that investigators say Whittemore used to kill Kogut. The fourth picture shows Kogut’s desk calendar, which had “Clayton Comes” on it.

One juror has been excused from the trial. The judge is not saying why. Testimony will resume on Wednesday because the judge is unable to be in court Tuesday.





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