The medical examiner who conducted an autopsy on Alexandria Rice was among those called to the stand today in the continuing manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti in Erie County Court.

The first witness called on Day 6 of the trial was Amherst Police Detective John Trabert.  He testified about arranging what investigators call a "controlled pick-up" of the garbage that Corasanti's placed at the curb in front of their house the week after Rice was struck and killed while skateboarding on Heim Road. 

Juror removed from Corasanti trial for DWI

May 4, 2012

A juror serving on the manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti was removed after the court learned he was arrested for DWI. 

40-year-old Michael Barron of Kenmore was arrested early Thursday morning by Town of Tonawanda Police for aggravated drunken driving and traffic offenses.

Police report that Barron  hit a pole on Elmwood Avenue and fled the scene.  Police said when they caught up to him he was drunk.  The trial of Corasanti was delayed a couple of hours Thursday due to Barron's absence. 

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Day two of testimony in the manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti included testimony from a motorist who says he saw Alexandria Rice skateboarding along Heim Road in Amherst the night of July 8, 2011.

Mark Rowland also described a car speeding toward him and the teenage girl and hearing an "almighty bang."  Rowland described the sound as "ungodly." 

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A New York state trooper has been suspended without pay amid allegations he organized parties that involved prostitution while off duty.

State police say in a statement that Trooper Titus Taggart was suspended on Thursday as a result of an internal investigation that began in December.

The statement says the probe is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Two other state troopers were also suspended without pay for allegedly engaging in misconduct.

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The trial of Amherst Dr. James Corasanti is underway in an Erie County Courtroom.

Local members of the state delegation are trying to build support for legislation aimed at cracking down on repeat child abusers. 

Senator Timothy Kennedy and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak are sponsoring Jay J's Law, named for Jay J. Bolvin who suffered nearly a dozen broken bones at the hands of his father, Jeremy Bolvin, before he was two months of age.

Jay J's guardian Kevin Retzer says the abuse caused permanent brain damage and Jay J still does not talk like a normal two-year-old.