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Whittemore defense to begin Tuesday

Rochester, N.Y. -- The defense will begin presenting its case Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend at the College at Brockport in 2012.

Attorneys for Clayton Whittemore, 22, will try to prove their client suffered extreme emotional disturbance the night of Sept. 29, 2012, when he beat Alexandra Kogut, 18, to death in her dorm room barely a month into her freshman year.

The defense is expected to call a psychiatrist to the stand to testify Whittemore was not in a clear state of mind during the attack that killed Kogut.

Prosecutors said Whittemore was upset Kogut wanted to break up, which was a motivating factor in his actions. They have also said Whittemore had suffered years of abuse from his father and should be charged with manslaughter rather than murder.

Were never really going to know what happened in that dorm room, said District Attorney Sandra Doorley. The defendant has told us all along that the talk was that there was cheating going back and forth. I believe that may come out more clearly in the coming week.

Stay tuned to 13WHAM News at 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday for updates.

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