BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Crucial evidence and testimony were heard by the jury in the trial of Dr. James Corasanti on Friday.
Corasanti is accused of hitting and killing Amherst teen Alexandria Rice while she was skateboarding on Heim Road in Amherst last July. Corasanti is facing manslaughter and leaving the scene charges in his trial.
First, an Amherst Police Detective testified that he went on a controlled garbage pick up at Dr. Corasanti's Getzville home on July 19th. The detective told jurors that he was assisted by an employee of Waste Management who collected the garbage, and then transported it to the Amherst Police Station.
The employee, Darryl Fitch, also testified that he grabbed the tote, continued down the road where the residents couldn't see him, and drove seven minutes to the police station.
Defense Attorney Tom Burton, during cross examination, said prosecutors have a theory that a rag used to wipe blood off may have been in the garbage that day.
Burton questioned both witnesses about whether the garbage could have come in contact with other debris or residue previously left in the garbage dumpster that was used to transport Corasanti's material back to the police station.
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An associate chief medical examiner testified Rice died of neck injuries, saying there was an internal decapitation of her neck area. Prosecutor James Bargnesi mentioned that in his opening statement, saying the only thing holding Rice's head to her body was the skin.
Also Friday, prosecutors introduced three autopsy photos of Alexandia Rice, despite objections by the defense.
Defense attorney Joel Daniels argued, "[It] may cause issues with the jury because of observing Ms. Rice. These photos don't focus on the cause of death. [These photos] are inflammatory."
But Judge Shelia DiTullio disagreed, saying, "Clearly the photos are relevant."
She added she would instruct the jury to "look at the photos calmly."
Prosecutors brought in parts of the BMW they allege was involved in the fatal hit and run last summer. Our cameras were allowed into the courtroom to videotape the evidence. The front end sustained a significant amount of damage.
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