Mom of boat death victim gives disturbing testimony

April 24, 2017 07:04 PM

QUEENSBURY - Alex West was back in Warren County Court on Monday for the start of week 2 in his manslaughter trial.

Charlotte McCue's mother, Courtney, was on the stand, giving her emotional memory of what happened the night her daughter died.

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McCue walked into Warren County Court to testify in front of Alex West, the man charged in the death of her daughter and her own serious injuries from the July 25 boat crash.

On the stand, McCue broke down the first time her daughter Charlotte's name was mentioned. McCue tearfully recalled Charlotte's last living moments in the boat. Her daughter was sleeping on her lap when she says another boat came down on top of them.

"That's where my daughter's head was when it was crushed...I still have an indent there, a nine month bruise," said McCue.

McCue pointed at a hospital bed photo of her bruised leg. McCue says she has a fracture that will never heal from the crash.

"I couldn't walk well, or sit, or lay down...I can't play with my kids the same way I used to...without pain," she testified.

Also on the stand: Kyle Schoonover, the man who drove Alex West and the group in his Chrysler Sedan from Lake George to Kingsbury after the crash. The group showed up at his door asking for a ride. He assumed he was the designated driver for his friend, West, because: "The overall mood of the car and the duration they were at Log Bay Day," testified Schoonover.

However, in cross-examination, Schoonover says West did not act or appear drunk. Schoonover says West didn't say a word during the ride to Matt Marry's house.

The questions to Charlotte's mother were brief and ended after McCue said she didn't know where West's boat came from.

Jurors also saw video of the crash on Monday afternoon. It was grainy, it was far away, it was black and white, from a dock. It looks like two lighted objects colliding.

Jurors also learned Monday that police found booze, beer and a small baggie of cocaine on West's boat.

NewsChannel 13 continues to follow the trial. We’ll have updates on and our future newscasts throughout the week.


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