QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A heart wrenching moment took place when Charlotte McCue’s grandfather took the stand Thursday afternoon.
Robert Knarr sobbed uncontrollably in court when asked to recall the July 25 evening when his 8-year-old granddaughter was killed. Knarr was driving his old fashioned wooden boat the night of the crash and stated that he never saw or heard Alex West’s boat before the crash.
Alex West’s attorney, Cheryl Coleman, pointed out in her cross-examination that Knarr admitted he lied to police when he told them he had talked to a lawyer and was advised he didn’t need to take a chemical test. Knarr proceeded by telling Coleman that he never actually spoke to a lawyer but complied with police and eventually agreed and took a chemical test.
The jury also saw interrogation video of West where he said he did not see the boat. He said he left for fear his own boat would sink. Coleman said West was not treated the same as Knarr during the investigation.
“This investigation was botched, and this investigation was one sided and incomplete,” she said.
Court will resume Friday morning.