Man Admits to Beating SUNY Brockport Student to Death

7:46 PM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
  • Clayton Whittemore, 21, is escorted to his arraignment in Sweden Town Court. JESSICA ALAIMO (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
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By Gary Craig

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

BROCKPORT, N.Y. -- An Oneida County man accused of killing a student at The SUNY College at Brockport told a Sheriff's deputy that he beat Alexandra Kogut to death after they'd been drinking and had argued over "stupid stuff," court papers allege.

"I kept hitting her over and over with my fists," Clayton Scott Whittemore allegedly told Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Reynolds, who was placed on a suicide watch with Whittemore at the jail.

Whittemore admitted that "he was trying to kill her," the court papers allege. He said he "just snapped," papers allege.
A grand jury Tuesday handed up an indictment accusing Whittemore of second-degree murder in the Sept. 29 killing of Kogut, 18.

Whittemore, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 25 before state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyle.

Kogut, also of New Hartford, near Utica, was found dead after she failed to answer phone calls from family members. Whittemore, her boyfriend, was picked up by State Police hours later at a Thruway rest stop near Syracuse.

According to court papers, prosecutors plan to use as evidence several statements allegedly made by Whittemore. They include alleged statements to an Oneida County emergency communications dispatcher, to State Police, to a Sheriff's Office investigator, and to Reynolds.

The alleged statement to Reynolds is included in court papers. Reynolds was placed on suicide watch with Whittemore after Whittemore allegedly told another deputy that he was having thoughts of suicide "after I committed the crime."

In the statement to Reynolds, Whittemore allegedly said:
He had dated Kogut for two years and was visiting her at Brockport. While drinking at a friend's house, Kogut was rude to him.

While walking to her room Whittemore received a citation for an open alcohol container. In her dorm room, they argued and Kogut "started pushing me and yelling at me."

The argument escalated and "she wouldn't stop pushing me, so I started punching her and just snapped."

Whittemore allegedly said that, while trying to kill Kogut, "her breathing sounded bad." He said he then beat her with a curling iron "until the noise stopped" because "I didn't want the girl I loved to suffer."

"I wasn't even drunk," Whittemore allegedly said. "I just snapped."

Includes reporting by staff writer Meaghan McDermott.

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