Jury to continue deliberations Friday in College at Brockport murder trial

Updated: 05/29/2014 7:45 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 7:44 AM WHEC.com

Jury deliberations will continue Friday for a man accused of killing his girlfriend in her college dorm room. Investigators say Clayton Whittemore beat his girlfriend, Alexandra Kogut, to death in September of 2012. She was found inside her room at the College at Brockport.    

Attorneys spent most of the day Thursday debating testimony during the trial. The language of extreme emotional disturbance and how it may or may not apply in this case as a defense for Clayton Whittemore is really what held up the trial for much of the day Thursday.

The jury is deciding the fate of Clayton Whittemore. Will they find him guilty of murder or manslaughter? Manslaughter is a lesser charge. It can only be concluded if jurors believe the evidence in the trial proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Whittemore suffered from an extreme emotional disturbance the night he killed Alexandra Kogut.

In closing arguments, the defense said Whittemore experienced severe and consistent abuse as a child, which caused him to completely lose control on September 29, 2012. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley repeated over and over that this is a case of escalating anger, not of extreme emotional disturbance.

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