Corasanti Defense Calls For A Mistrial

May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Defense attorney Joel Daniels, representing Dr. James Corasanti in his manslaughter trial, filed a motion Monday calling for a mistrial.

Daniels cited a Buffalo News article that appeared Sunday on the rise of DWI incidents in Western New York. Daniels noted that the article included quotes from District Attorney Frank Sedita and said the comments "poisoned" the defense team's ability to continue.

In one quote, Sedita told the newspaper, "How many more families have to be devastated."

The jurors were individually interviewed as a result of the motion Monday morning.

Judge Sheila DiTullio then denied the request.

Dr. James Corasanti is facing several felony charges in connection with the hit-and-run death of 18-year old Alexandria Rice on July 8, 2011.

When court resumed, Amherst Police Investigator Kevin Murphy testified that Dr. Corasanti's 2010 BMW had a high-tech moveable headlight system that was supposed to increase night driving visibility.

Murphy said police found wood splinters from Alexandria Rice's 'longboard' in the car's undercarriage.

The police investigator also pointed out that the fatal accident happened about 33 feet away from a street light which was on the opposite side of Heim Road.

Under cross-examination, it was pointed out that Dr. Corasanti car's had just traveled through a left-hand curve before hitting the teenage girl.

Defense Attorney Tom Burton argued that the BMW'S moveable headlights may not have been directly aimed at the passenger side of the road moments before the fatal accident took place.