Texting Testimony At Corasanti Trial

May 10, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM EDT

By WKBW News


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Attorneys Joel Daniels, left, Thomas Burton, second from left, and Cheryl Meyers-Buth, right, surround Dr. James Corasanti as the prosecution makes its opening statement in the trial against Dr. Corasanti in Erie County Court, Thursday, April 26, 2012. In foreground are boxes of evidence for the prosecution. {Pool photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News}

May 10, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) GPS technology is helping prosecutors make their manslaughter case today in the hit and run manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti.

Representatives from AT&T told the court that records showed Dr. James Corasanti sent and received several text messages, and took a phone call, in the 20 minutes prior to the fatal accident.

Attorneys say the doctor left Transit Valley Country Club shortly after 11p.m., and that cell phone records show he sent a text message at 11:19p.m., and two more at 11:23p.m.

Investigators believe the tragic accident took place around 11:20p.m.

In opening statements recorded April 26th, Assistant District Attorney James Bargnesi stated to the jury, "Ladies and gentlemen, the phone record will show that without question, repeated texting in the moments before killing Alexandria with his car."

This morning Thomas Barillari from Amherst Police said cell tower GPS records were used to figure out the location of Dr. Corasanti's cell phone when he was texting.

The investigator said the doctor's cell phone was sent to the FBI for analysis.

Investigators found that of the 79 text messages recorded by AT&T, only 12 remained on the phone. None of those were from the moments before the fatal crash, or after.

The FBI analysis was able to recover some of the content from those text messages, and we expect to hear more about that this afternoon.

Eyewitness News will continue to cover the trial.