BUFFALO, N.Y. - 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing spoke Thursday with the foreman for the jury in the Dr. James Corasanti trial.
William Nixon talked about what led to their decision to acquit the Getzville doctor on all but a misdemeanor DWI charge and what he says may surprise you.
He told us Dr. Corasanti's testimony wasn't the overriding factor in their decision to acquit the defendant on charges of manslaughter, tampering and leaving the scene.
Rather, Nixon says they were not convinced with how the blood was drawn from the doctor. That test showed Dr. Corasanti's blood alcohol content was .10 five hours after the crash. He said the jury questioned whether the blood sample could have been contaminated, and added the Corasanti defense team did a "great job."
Nixon also said the jury did not convict Dr. Corasanti on the charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, not because they questioned whether he left the scene, but they feel he panicked.
Ultimately, Nixon said the jury felt defense effectively "poked holes" in the prosecutions case against Dr. Corasanti, but said prosecutors had a good case.
When asked about the victim of the accident, Alix Rice, he said "we had to put some of the fault on Alix." That statement was based on testimony from a defense accident reconstruction expert that questioned whether Alix was riding her longboard on the road or in the fog lane.
Watch Claudine's interview tonight on Channel 2 News First at Five.