BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The jury in the James Corasanti trial began deliberations late Tuesday afternoon after hearing closing statements from the defense and prosecution earlier in the day.
The jury asked for several items during the proceedings, including autopsy photos and to take another look at the front end damage on Corasanti's $90,000 BMW.
The vehicle, which Corasanti was driving when 18-year-old Alexandria Rice was struck and killed last July, was discussed at length during the defense portion of closing arguments.
"How could he not have known that he hit a person when his car had all this damage?" defense lawyer Cheryl Meyers-Buth said. "Well let's talk about the damage for a minute. This car is big. You'd be able to get a better sense if they brought the entire car in here...but instead they just brought the pieces that they decided that you to see."
Corasanti testified that he had five drinks in six hours the night of the collision, but was not intoxicated.
Five hours after Rice died, Corasanti's blood alcohol content was .01, above the legal limit, according to a blood test submitted in court as evidence.
"If he wasn't drunk," prosecutor James Bargensi said to the jury, "he would have taken the breathalyzer test. If he wasn't drunk, his blood test five hours later wouldn't say he was."
Jurors were sequestered for the evening at a local hotel after deliberating for about three hours.
State budget cuts and overtime for court deputies prevented the jury from working on the case past 8:30 p.m. Deliberations resume Wednesday morning at 9:30.