Emotional opening statements wrap up in Alex West trial

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Opening statements wrapped up Wednesday in the trial of the man accused of crashing his boat into another on Lake George that killed a young girl.

Alex West is accused of being under the influence at the time of the crash.

The prosecution’s opening statement lasted around 30 minutes and detailed painful elements of the boat crash that killed 8-year-old Charlotte McCue.

“The way they spent their day on July 25, 2016 is totally different from the way that man did.”

Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan painted the picture of Charlotte’s family enjoying a peaceful day on Lake George, and then told the jury how very different West spent his.

“You will hear that the defendant, Alexander West, got up bright and early to have a full day of partying. He was going to Log Bay Day.”

The prosecution says West drank, did drugs, and then drove a boat full of his friends out on Lake George and into the boat carrying the little girl.

911 calls played in Wednesday’s proceedings reveal screams and flustered witnesses trying to help Charlotte and her family.

Hogan claims West fled the scene, but the defense painted another picture.

“It isn’t that black and white, and that’s why we’re here.”

Associate Defense Attorney for West, Kathryn Conklin, posed the question, “What about the other boat? There was another driver right?”

That driver was Charlotte’s grandfather Robert Knarr.

“You will hear that the seconds, moments, minutes, hours, after the accident, Knarr refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.”

After opening statements, testimony was heard from four separate witnesses. The most dramatic came from Charlotte’s step-grandmother who talked about what it was like to be on the boat during the crash.

She spoke through tears. More witness testimony will continue at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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