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Prosecution rests in Whittemore murder trial

Rochester, N.Y. -- The prosecution rested its case in the murder trial of Clayton Whittemore by calling a surprise witness: a state prison inmate who came forward just this month.

Whittemore is accused of killing his girlfriend Alexandra Kogut in her SUNY Brockport dorm room.

While in jail, on a parole violation in 2013, David Camelio says he became friends with Clayton Whittemore. For six months the two shared a housing space in the Monroe County Jail. Camelio says Whittemore shared details with him that could provide a motive for intentional murder.

"It's someone recounting what happened in that dorm room," said District Attorney Sandra Doorley.

"He said he was just so enraged that she would cheat on him he struck her and knocked her out," Camelio testified. That's when Camelio says Whittemore took a time out. "He sat on the bed and contemplated what to do," Camelio testified. "He became enragedshe was getting on with her lifehe picked up an iron and killed her."

"The defendant didnt want to go back home and face the fact that she may have broken up with him and face all the small town talk," said Doorley. "He sat on the bed, contemplated what to do then grabbed the iron."

Alex Kogut died of blunt trauma to the head caused, in part, by a clothes iron.

Dr. Paul Gosink, who performed the autopsy, testified trauma to her head and brain was consistent with a serious car crash or a fall from a building.

A crime scene photo already in evidence shows blood smears on the bed of Alex Kogut's roommate which prosecutors say is consistent with the testimony of this eleventh hour witness.

It is a key testimony to refute Whittemore's defense that this is a manslaughter case: he suffered an extreme emotional disturbance and snapped.

Prosecutors must prove intentional murder.

Defense attorneys declined comment outside court. The defense will begin its case next week.

 
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