Prosecution rests in Lake George boat death trial

May 01, 2017 06:56 PM

The third week of the Alex West manslaughter trial is underway and the father of the little girl who was killed provided the punctuation to the people's case. 

Eric McCue testified that it was a beautiful night for a cruise on Lake George. He testified that it was quiet before the crash that took the life of his 8-year-old daughter, Charlotte. 

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"I think the only boat we saw that whole night was the one that ran us over," McCue testified under direct examination Monday. 

He was sitting in the rear of the wooden boat with his 4-year-old son.  He testified, often through tears, the horror of realizing the gravity of the situation. 

"I've had the unfortunate opportunity to relive that moment every minute, every hour, every day for the last 9 months." 

McCue sobbed as he told the jury about Charlotte's injuries, "She had a big gash in her head...I couldn't save her. There was nothing I could do."

McCue was the last prosecution witness, providing the exclamation point to their case. 

After the people wrapped, the defense moved to have all the charges dismissed, arguing that prosecutors failed to prove West was reckless and impaired. Judge Hall denied the motion and the defense called its first witness -- the owner of the restaurant where West and his passengers went after Log Bay Day and before the crash. Dawn O'Keefe said she didn't notice that West was under the influence, but admitted she didn't have any direct contact with him. 

The defense's boating expert was on the stand as the day concluded.  Boating captain and former FBI special agent Stanley Los testified that the West boat hit the Knarr boat on the side, not in the rear as prosecutors contend. 

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


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