Deliberations to begin Friday in Lake George boat death trial

May 05, 2017 11:35 AM

QUEENSBURY - The jury was charged in the Alex West trial on Thursday. However, deliberations will not begin until Friday.

After this three-week trial and dozens of witnesses and pieces of evidence, NewsChannel 13 cameras were allowed back into the courtroom.

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West looked on as his attorney, Cheryl Coleman, delivered her last arguments.

WEB EXTRA: Alex West closing statements - Defense

Coleman reminded the jury that "probably guilty" isn't good enough and that this case, however horrific and terrible, is not about emotion.

"Seeing that loss in others creates a natural sympathy," Coleman pointed out.

Coleman admitted West had cocaine on his boat and that he had one beer on July 25. Beyond that, Coleman says the district attorney didn't prove anything about what West consumed and whether the accident was his fault.

"They have got to prove impairment as of 9:20 that night. You know they haven't done it," declared Coleman.

District Attorney Kate Hogan showed the jury the grainy east facing dockside surveillance video again. Two lights in the distance colliding.

WEB EXTRA: Alex West closing statements - Prosecution

We saw pictures from Log Bay Day. A video of West driving his boat that day, with a clear view of the water and video of West's police interview. There was also a receipt from dinner showing two Moscow Mules.

"His mission for that day was to party from the moment he got to Log Bay to the end of the evening and he came prepared," countered District Attorney Kate Hogan.

Coleman called the police's investigation sloppy and one-sided, questioning who had the right of way.

Hogan showed a diagram and boat damage she says in part proves West's boat hit the Knarr boat from behind.

"He either wasn't looking, or he couldn't see what was in front of him, because he was drunk and high," asserted Hogan.

The case moved to a bigger courtroom on Friday because there is so much interest in this case.

Both West’s parents and McCue’s parents were in the audience, along with full row of law enforcement right up front.

Trust NewsChannel 13 to bring you a verdict when it’s reached, on and our future newscasts.


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