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Grad student’s murder case goes to jury

ITHACA — Deliberations are under way in the trial of a Cornell University doctoral student from New Zealand who’s charged with slashing his wife’s throat on a park trail in central New York.

Blazej Kot is on trial in Ithaca for the slaying of 28-year-old Caroline Coffey, a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell. Kot was a graduate student at the Ivy League school at the time of the June 2009 slaying.

Prosecutors say the 25-year-old Kot plotted the killing and tried to destroy evidence by setting their home on fire. The defense argued Kot suffered from a psychiatric disorder that made him think his wife had been replaced by an identical-looking impostor.

After a three-week trial, the case went to the jury Monday afternoon.