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911 Tapes Released in Clayton Whittemore Case

Eyewitness News was the first to show you the police interrogation tapes from the Alexandra Kogut murder case. Now, more evidence from the case involving Kogut’s alleged killer Clayton Whittemore is being released. This time it’s the 911 tapes of Whittemore and a police dispatcher.
Eyewitness News was the first to show you the police interrogation tapes from the Alexandra Kogut murder case. Now, more evidence from the case involving Kogut’s alleged killer Clayton Whittemore is being released. This time it’s the 911 tapes of Whittemore and a police dispatcher. On them are the chilling words from the 22-year-old murder suspect.
"I’m turning myself in. Is this Clayton? Yes.”
These are the remarks of Clayton Whittemore from the night he allegedly murdered 18-yaer old Alexandra Kogut in her freshman dorm room. Both Kogut and Whittemore are New Hartford natives but the case is being prosecuted in Monroe County where the college is located.
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara says releasing evidence like 911 tapes can be controversial in high-profile cases.
"We still operate that person is innocent until they're proved guilty in a court of law, sometimes those tapes depending on what's on them, can change that a little bit,” said McNamara.
“I just did something that I can't take back, I have to turn myself in,” said Whittemore to the 911 dispatcher.
McNamara also says a release of evidence can effect jury selection. But defense attorneys will say more importantly, it could impact a jury ultimately selected to hear the case.
"Both parties, the prosecution and the defense and to a certain extend the judge actually will ask the jurors if they've become aware of the case of have watched the tapes and then you also have to ask the jury not to go online and watch the tapes,” says McNamara.
The interrogation tapes were also released and introduced in the pre-trial hearing. The judge ruled they would not be suppressed for the trial. Whittemore's defense attorney argued that the tapes not be released before the trial starts.
Whittemore is being evaluated by psychiatric experts to determine his mental state at the time of Alexandra’s death. His murder trial is set to begin March 31st in Monroe County.

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