Opening arguments to begin Wednesday in Lake George boat death trial

April 18, 2017 06:35 PM

After two days of jury selection, Alex West has now seen the faces of the 12 jurors who will decide his fate. The trial begins Wednesday and his lawyer, Cheryl Coleman, says another side of the story will emerge.

"There’s things that you don’t know about that are going to open up a world of difference from you," noted Coleman.

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West is charged with manslaughter and 11 other counts. He's looking at serious jail time.

Police say the 24-year-old man had been drinking and using drugs at Log Bay Day last July 25. That night, after 9 p.m. in another part of the lake, 8-year-old Charlotte McCue was taking a nighttime ride on a boat. Another boat crashed into the side of hers, riding right over the top and killing her instantly.

Coleman says West is one of the nicest kids she's ever represented. 

"He’s absolutely devastated," she noted. "He’s asked us not to show him and we haven’t shown him the photos."

Blood tests taken 14 hours after the crash showed West had cocaine, ecstasy and hash in his system. Those tests will not be allowed as evidence because of issues with the warrant to draw blood.

At 9 a.m., the judge and lawyers will go over the list of 911 calls the district attorney intends to use.  The opening arguments are after that. The judge guesses the trial will last three weeks.


WNYT Staff

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