BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - After hearing from more than 42 witnesses and viewing hundreds of pieces of evidence, the jurors in the manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti are expected to begin hearing closing arguments from both sides Tuesday.
Lawyers from the defense and prosecution will present their summation and then charge it to the jury to decide whether Dr. Corasanti will spend the next 23-years behind bars.
"The defense will give the first closing arguments followed by the prosecution... Then the judge will instruct the jurors as to what the final instructions are with respect to the elements of each offense and what their job is as the jury," explains Eyewitness News legal expert and defense attorney Barry Covert.
The jurors first task will be to decided whether Corasanti was intoxicated and whether or not that played a role in the fatal crash.
From there, the jury will explore the other charges, examining whether they believe the doctor knew he struck a person before driving away; and in turn, knew what he was doing when allegedly wiping evidence off the front of his vehicle.
"From both sides they really want to make sure in a very cogent, clear way [they] are able to set forth on the prosecution why he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; and from a defense point of view, why there is just no chance here that the prosecution has established all of those elements beyond a reasonable doubt," added Covert.
Another issue that may come into play Tuesday is the unusually long layoff endured by the jury due to the Memorial Day Holiday.
"You can fully expect that Mr. Daniels (defense attorney) will as that the judge speak with each individual juror and make sure that they have not been in any way influenced either by friends, family, the media, social media, email, electronics, anything," asserts Covert.
Daniels has already called for a mistrial on multiple occasions due to media coverage that he claimed may have affect the jury.
Eyewitness News will be in the courtroom and have complete coverage throughout the day on Eyewitness News and WKBW.com.