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Judge won't allow text, voice messages in Whittemore trial

Rochester, N.Y. -- Closing arguments are expected soon in the trial of a man accused of murdering a College at Brockport student.

Clayton Whittemore, 22, is accused of killing his girlfriend, Alexandra Kogut, 18, inside her dorm room the night of Sept. 29, 2012.

Whittemore's attorneys argued he should be tried for manslaughter, not murder, because he suffered extreme emotional disturbance at the time of Kogut's death.

State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyl ruled Thursday morning that text messages and voicemails between Kogut and Whittemore could not be shown to the jury.

Prosecutors said the messages show Kogut wanted to break up with Whittemore.

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