LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The man accused of driving a boat under the influence of drugs and killing a little girl on Lake George over the summer faced a judge on Wednesday.
Alexander West was formally arraigned on a 12-count indictment, including Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide in the death of 8-year-old Charlotte McCue.
On July 25, prosecutors said West left a floating party on Lake George known as Log Bay Day and ran into and over the boat Charlotte was on. She was badly injured and died in her mother’s arms.
Police said West was under the influence of drugs and left the scene of the accident. It was revealed in court on Wednesday that cocaine was found on the boat he was driving. His attorney told reporters outside the courthouse that the public is only getting half the story.
“Everybody is going to be really surprised because trust me when I tell you – you are hearing less than half of the story,” attorney Cheryl Coleman said. “I will not get into it because I will not play their game, but we are all invested in this case.”
The judge set bail at $100,000 cash bail or $300,000 bond. West posted it and is free under supervision. He will also have to undergo random drug and alcohol testing while he is free on bail.