Was Evidence Tampered With in Manslaughter Case?

May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM EDT


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) On day number ten of the vehicular manslaughter case of Dr. James Corasanti, the focus was on evidence collected from the doctor's 2010 BMW.

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

Prosecutors have accused the doctor of trying to remove evidence from his car when he returned to his home after the accident.

Detective Peter Crofut from Amherst Police testified that they found wiping marks, that went in different directions, on the lower front part of the doctor's car.

The jury was then shown a picture of Dr. Corasanti's "palm print" which was found on the car's crumpled hood.

Detective Crofut explained that it was placed after the accident because it rested on top of biological material from the victim - Alexandria Rice.

Detective Sgt. Michael Sliwa from Amherst Police testified how they found a dime-sized piece of human tissue inside Dr. Corasanti's garage, about two feet in front of his car.

When asked by prosecutor Kelley Omel if it could have "fallen off the car" and landed that far away, Detective Sliwa responded "probably not."