Officer's testimony in court: Saw bloody iron after Kogut death


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Clayton Whittemore, the New Hartford man accused of beating his girlfriend to death at SUNY Brockport last fall, was in state supreme court on Friday.

The judge reserved decision on the hearing until next week. Friday's hearing challenged the procedures of the night Whittemore was arrested.

Whittemore is charged with the murder of Alexandra Kogut, the New Hartford teen who was in her first semester of college when she was killed in her dorm room on the campus.

Family and friends from both sides attended the hearing.

At least four witnesses were called in the hearing. They include the officer who found Kogut's body in her dorm room. He testified, saying Kogut had an injury to the back of her head and he saw a bloody broken iron nearby.

This is not the first reference to an iron being used as a weapon. According to documents from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Whittemore made statements on September 29, 2012 to a guard while on suicide watch, where he admitted to killing Kogut.

"Her breathing sounded bad, like there was blood or something blocking her breathing," Whittemore told the guard, according to the statement. "I didn't want the girl I loved to suffer, so I started beating her with the curling iron until the noise stopped."

Also in court on Friday, a 911 operator who testified that Whittemore called 911 and said he did something really bad and wanted to turn himself in.

Also taking the stand were the New York State Trooper who arrested Whittmore and the investigator who interview him on the stand.

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