Boyfriend Pleads Not Guilty in College Dorm Murder
Clayton Whittemore appears in court in Alexandra Kogut slaying
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2012 1:51 PM CDT
Family members of Alexandra Kogut attend her funeral at St. John the Evangelist Church, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in New Hartford, NY.   (AP Photo/Observer-Dispatch, Mark DiOrio, Pool)

(Newser) – Clayton Whittemore pleaded not guilty today to killing his girlfriend, 18-year-old Alexandra Kogut, in her college dorm room last month, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports. Whittemore, 21, has been charged with second-degree murder in Kogut's death. He previously told police that he "just snapped" in Kogut's room after an argument on Sept. 29, and started punching her. He's accused of also using a curling iron to beat her to death.

Whittemore told a sheriff's deputy that, while he was visiting his girlfriend of two years for the weekend, they went drinking at a friend's house and Kogut was rude to him. Then, while walking back to her room, Whittemore got an open alcohol container citation. In the room, Kogut started pushing him as they argued, Whittemore claimed. Her relatives attended his hearing today, many of them wearing purple for domestic violence awareness.

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Oct 25, 2012 2:41 PM CDT
Insanity plea? Really? He better have a whole lot more evidence backing up his reason's for an irrational state of mind then "she was rude to a friend and got a ticket"... That's might be a good reason for an ugly screaming break up - not murder or even manslaughter...
Oct 25, 2012 2:07 PM CDT
Just snapped? I can understand snapping but if you don't consider the consequences of what you're doing whilst snapping then you shouldn't be able to defend that. Now I don't know if they are going temp insanity or arguing manslaughter.. either way, doesn't matter to me.... Life in prison I say, at least.
Oct 25, 2012 1:58 PM CDT
This guy seems like husband material. Are you listening Chris Brown?