Rochester, N.Y. (AP) - The attorneys for a man charged in the beating death of his girlfriend in her SUNY Brockport college dorm room plan to base their defense on what they say was their client's "extreme emotional disturbance."
The attorneys told the Observer-Dispatch they've filed court documents saying they will likely present psychiatric evidence in the second-degree murder case of Clayton Whittemore.
He is charged with murder in the September death of his girlfriend Alexandra Kogut.
Her uncle, a doctor in the Rochester area who said he felt responsible for her because he was the “closest relative,” said at the time that he hoped her death reminded women to seek help if they're in an abusive relationship.
If convicted, Whittemore faces 25 years to life in prison