Jurors to return Monday in Alex West manslaughter trial

May 05, 2017 06:18 PM

There’s no verdict yet in the trial of Alex West. Jurors will return on Monday morning.

West is accused of causing a crash between two boats last summer on Lake George. Charlotte McCue, 8, was killed. Her mother was injured.

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The last arguments were made in the three-week trial on Thursday. Prosecutors argued West was drunk and high after a day of partying at Log Bay Day and that he knew he caused serious injury when he hit the boat the little girl was in, then fled and hid.

The defense says there’s no proof West was drunk or high and he acted as a dumb 24-year-old when he drove away from the scene, not knowing he hurt someone and just worried about his father’s boat.

"They’ve got to prove impairment as of 9:20 that night," argued Defense Attorney Cheryl Coleman. "You know they haven’t done it. I know this is a hard case, but they haven’t done it."

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"He either wasn’t looking or he couldn’t see what was in front of him, because he was drunk and high," countered District Attorney Kate Hogan. "Either way, he was reckless."

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