‘I just snapped’: Boyfriend of SUNY freshman Alexandra Kogut says he beat her to death with his fists and a curling iron
Clayton Whittmore, 21, told a cop that he beat his 18-year-old girlfriend Alexandra Kogut with his fists, and then hit her with a curling iron until she died because he didn’t want her to suffer.
This photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office shows Clayton Whittemore in Rochester, N.Y., on Oct. 1. Whittemore is being charged with second-degree murder for the death of Alexandra Kogut.Hoping to “clear his mind,” Clayton Whittmore told a cop that he beat his 18-year-old girlfriend Alexandra Kogut with his fists, and then hit her with a curling iron until she died because he didn’t want her to suffer.
Whittmore, 21, is charged with killing Kogut in her SUNY Brockport dorm room last month.
While on suicide watch in jail after his arrest, he told a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy about the brutal crime, according to court documents obtained by the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
“I killed my girlfriend,” he told Deputy Kyle Reynolds. “I wasn’t even drunk. I just snapped.”
Note first person singular, "I", with "killed" in past tense as reliable.
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Alexandra Kogut's body was found early Saturday in her dorm room at the State University of New York College at Brockport, near Rochester. Her boyfriend Clayton Whittemore, of New Hartford, is charged with the killing.
Whittmore, who attended Utica College, said he was visiting Kogut in Brockport on Sept. 29 when they got into an argument at a friend’s house because he felt she was being rude to him.
Later, he was ticketed for an open container, making him angrier.
The couple continued to argue about “stupid stuff” when they got to Kogut’s dorm room, Whittmore said, with Kogut pushing him and yelling at him.
“So I pushed her back against the wall to get her to stop,” he told Reynolds, according to the documents. “She wouldn’t stop pushing me, so I started punching her and just snapped. I kept hitting her over and over with my fists.”
When Kogut sounded “like there was blood or something blocking her breathing,” Whittmore said, “I didn’t want the girl I loved to suffer, so I started beating her with the curling iron until the noise stopped.”
He told Reynolds he left the dorm room knowing his girlfriend was dead. He was arrested at a rest stop a few hours later while driving away from Brockport.
His attorney, John Leonard, said there’s no proof that the court documents are accurate, the Observer-Dispatch reported.
“As far as we’re concerned, these are not facts — these are statements allegedly made by our client to some officer,” he said. “We don’t know what stress he was under, how long he had been up, the circumstances under which they were made — if they were even made.”
Family and friends gather for the funeral of Alexandra on Oct. 4 in New Hartford, N.Y.
Whittmore is set to be arraigned next Thursday in Monroe County Court on a second-degree murder charge.
It isn’t yet known if his statements to Reynolds will be admitted as evidence in his trial.