Beau Charged in NY Frosh's Dormitory Murder

Clayton Whittemore was nabbed heading out of town
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012 12:13 AM CDT
Updated Oct 1, 2012 12:54 AM CDT
Beau Charged in NY Frosh's Dormitory Murder
Alexandra Kogut, 18, was a "bright, beautiful young woman who was thrilled to be beginning her college education," her family said.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – The boyfriend of an upstate New York college freshman found beaten to death in her dorm room has been charged with her murder. Clayton Whittemore, 21, was nabbed at a gas station some 100 miles away from the College at Brockport where Alexandra Kogut's body was discovered, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Police entered Kogut's dorm after they were contacted by her worried mom, who hadn't been able to reach her 18-year-old daughter on her cell phone. She suffered "extensive trauma" to her upper body, said school Police Chief Robert Kehoe.

Whittemore is a student at Utica College, and was visiting Kogut over the weekend. He has pleaded not guilty, but admitted causing her death to investigators, the Ithaca Journal reports. "It's tragic when anyone loses their life," Kehoe told WHAM-TV. "When a young lady who's a college student and apparently in a safe environment is brutally murdered as this young lady was, it's certainly a tragedy for her family and friends and the entire Brockport college community." (Read more Clayton Whittemore stories.)

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