Closing Arguments Expected in Corasanti Trial

May 29, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM EDT

By WKBW News

May 29, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – It is expected both sides will make their closing arguments in the manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti Tuesday. It will then be left for the jury to decide if Doctor James Corasanti will spend up to 23 years behind bars for hitting and killing Alexandria Rice, 18, last summer.

Once deliberations begin, the jury has to look at many aspects of the case. First and foremost, they must determine if Corasanti was drunk when he hit Rice. They also have to decide if the doctor knew he hit a person before leaving the scene. The defense claims he didn’t realize he hit anything. The prosecution said not only did he hit Rice, but they also said Corasanti tried to cover up his tracks.

Legal analyst Barry Covert told Eyewitness News, “From both sides they really want to make sure in a clear way that they set forth on the prosecution that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. From the defense point of view, the question is whether the prosecution established all those elements beyond a reasonable doubt,” Covert said.

The jury is expected to deliberate for three to four days before coming up with a verdict. Covert said that verdict could be unusual. He said because of the many charges, there could be multiple verdicts. The jury could find Corasanti guilty of some charges and not guilty of others.

Channel 7’s Ed Reilly will be there and have all the details throughout the day on Eyewitness News. You can also find information right here at