BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Channel 7's Ed Reilly is at Erie County Court, where late word just after Noon is that the jury in the manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti has asked for a re-reading of testimony.
The jury has much to consider.
The trial lasted for five weeks, and heard testimony from over 40 witnesses.
Tuesday, attorneys offered their closing summations, which was followed by the charging of the jury by Judge Sheila DiTullio.
Just after 5p.m., the jury got the case. During three hours of deliberations, the jury reportedly asked for autopsy photos, pictures of Dr. Corasanti's damaged car, a flashlight, parts of the broken long board, and statements from witness Mark Rowland.
Mark Rowland and his wife were driving on Heim Road and saw Dr. Corasanti's vehicle pass them just seconds before the fatal accident.
Rowland said Corasanti's car was partially in the driving lane, and seemed to be speeding.
Assistant District Attorney James Bargnesi noted in his closing summation that it was "reckless actions that resulted in the death of Alexandra Rice."
This would be the basis for the Class "D" Felony manslaughter charge against the doctor. The jury asked Judge DiTullio for another reading of law concerning that count.
"Leaving the scene of an incident without reporting resulting in death" is another one of the felony charges in this case. The jury wanted to hear that law read again also.
Eyewitness News will offer coverage of the verdict on the air and online when it is delivered.