Jury selection begins in Clayton Whittemore trial

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - After almost two years and delay after delay, jury selection is finally under way for a New Hartford graduate accused of killing his high school sweetheart in her SUNY Brockport dorm room.

But, before potential jurors were brought in Monday, the judge addressed a motion filed by Clayton Whittemore's attorney.

Police say Whittemore beat Alexandra Kogut to death with a curling iron. Whittemore's attorney asked the Monroe County judge to throw out voicemails Whttemore left on Kogut's cellphone.

The prosecution said the messages show a pattern of abuse. The judge ruled the voicemails will be allowed in the trial.

On Monday, 26 potential jurors were interviewed, and 11 were asked to come back Tuesday when jury selection continues.

If convicted, Whittemore faces 25 years to life in prison.

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