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Testimony continues in College at Brockport murder trial

Updated: 05/22/2014 5:40 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 8:29 AM WHEC.com

Testimony continues in the trial of the man accused of killing his girlfriend at the College at Brockport.

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.

Today, chilling testimony is sparking more questions than answers. The biggest question is did Whittemore really snap the night of Kogut's death or did he know exactly what he was doing?

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said, “I believe right now we've proven intentional murder beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Prosecutors say Whittemore made a conscious decision to kill Kogut. The defense says he snapped in a moment of uncontrollable anger.

A man who was friends with Whittemore in jail testified today. He says Whittemore admitted to him that he knocked Kogut unconscious with a punch and then sat on the bed while he decided what to do next. The inmate then said Whittmore told him that he grabbed an iron and killed her with it.

Doorley says there's evidence to support the notion that Whittemore took time to think through his actions. “The defendant didn't want to go back home and face the fact that she may have broken up with him and face all the small town talk. So that he sat on his bed and contemplated what to do and then grabbed the iron.”

It's a motive the prosecution is counting on especially after Judge Daniel Doyle ruled not to allow as evidence voicemail messages Whittemore left on Kogut's phone before her death. It was a big win for the defense, but Doorley says she's confident Whittemore's history of violence will come out.  “I'm optimistic that we're going to be able to get out evidence of their relationship in our rebuttal case.”

Jurors also heard from a former co-worker of Whittemore's who told jurors that Whittemore confessed to the killing to her. The Medical Examiner also testified today about Kogut's death.

The trial resumes Tuesday with the defense starting its case.





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