Testimony resumes in trial of man accused of killing his girlfriend in her dorm room

Updated: 05/21/2014 5:39 PM
Created: 05/21/2014 6:50 AM WHEC.com

Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend at the College at Brockport. News10NBC is learning new details including the victim’s final tweet.

Clayton Whittemore is charged with the murder of Alexandra Kogut. Police say Whittemore beat Kogut to death inside her dorm room in the fall of 2012. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life behind bars.

There are new details coming to light Wednesday in the Clayton Whittemore murder trial, including Alexandra Kogut’s final tweet. It is a tweet that the district attorney says proves there were problems in the couple’s relationship.

Briana D'Amico, Alexandra Kogut’s friend and neighbor in McLean Hall at the College at Brockport testified Wednesday that she showed investigators Kogut’s last tweet from 12:13 a.m., the morning she was murdered. It read “should have known.”

Sandra Doorley, Monroe County District Attorney, said, “As I’m establishing throughout the course of the trial, I’m showing there is a pattern here of anger, a tumultuous relationship between the victim and the defendant.”

Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Maccarone testified he questioned Whittemore after the murder. He asked him if he ever had thoughts of suicide. Maccarone said Whittemore responded, “yes, last night after I did it."

Monroe County Sheriff's Jail Deputy Kyle Reynolds testified that Whittemore told him that he and Kogut were arguing, and then he snapped and started hitting her over and over again.  Reynolds says Whittemore told him that it sounded like there was blood in her lungs and that’s when he started hitting her with a curling iron. The prosecution says Whittemore used a clothes iron.  

Doorley said, "At some point, when he realized her breathing was belabored that he took other items within the room and finished her off."

Also Wednesday, the prosecution attempted to submit into evidence voice messages left by Whittemore - on Kogut's cell phone. The defense objected and the judge ruled messages on Whittemore's cell phone - had to be extracted and reviewed as well.

Doorley said, “There are phone messages left on Alexandra’s phone by the defendant and again I submit they will be tumultuous in nature, I believe that it is relevant evidence and I’m going to fight for it."

The investigator who is retrieving those messages from Whittemore's phone told the judge he'd have them available for the court Thursday morning.  The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case by the end of this week.

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