Boyfriend of Slain SUNY Brockport Student Admitted Role in Beating Death
State Police say the boyfriend of a SUNY Brockport student found dead in her dorm room has confessed to her murder.
The body of 18-year-old Alexandra Kogut of New Hartford was found in her dorm room early Saturday morning. Police have said the freshman was beaten to death by her boyfriend 21 year old Clayton Whittemore also from New Hartford.
Whittemore was arrested at a Thruway rest stop near Syracuse.
Whittemore told State Troopers that he intentionally killed the young woman; police did not release a motive.
The cause of death was ruled blunt force trauma but authorities have not said if a weapon was involved.
Whittemore is being held without bail on a charge of second-degree murder, he pled not guilty during his arraignment.
SUNY Brockport President John Halstead said Kogut was majoring in communication,. A memorial service was scheduled for Monday night on campus.
A Facebook page set up in Kogut's honor had hundreds of messages of condolence Monday and several friends and a former teacher urged supporters to wear purple to raise awareness of domestic violence.