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Defense rests in Whittemore murder trial

Rochester, N.Y. -- The defense has rested in the trail of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend at the College at Brockport in September 2012.

Clayton Whittemore's sister testified Tuesday her brother was physically and emotionally abused by their father as a child.

A psychiatrist also testified the alleged abuse could have caused Whittemore to snap when he allegedly beat Alexandra Kogut, 18, to death in her dorm room the night of Sept. 29, 2012.

Whittemore's attorneys argue he should be tried for manslaughter, not murder, because he suffered extreme emotional disturbance at the time of Kogut's death.

Closing arguments and jury deliberations are expected to begin Thursday.

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Washington Times