Caden Charnetski bench trial continues into third week

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Caden Charnetski’s bench trial will move on to its third week as more expert witnesses took the stand on Friday. 

The sixth day began with a continuation of New York State Police Investigator David Bly’s expert testimony from Thursday about accident reconstruction. 

The defense and prosecution recounted evidence, such as photos at the crash scene, a deeply scratched helmet, Harolyn Matteson’s boot, and a damaged piece of Charnetski’s sedan. 

Defense then made a motion to dismiss the case due to the lack of evidence to confirm Charnetski’s THC levels at the time of the crash or that he even ingested marijuana.

However, the bench trial resumed as Dr. Stuart Phoenix, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at Cornell University, took the stand.

He walked the court through intricate scientific factors of the deadly crash. 

This went alongside one of the defense’s primary focuses that those factors of science play a larger role in the cause of the crash more than anything criminally. 

The bench trial will carry on to Tuesday, June 25, at 9 a.m. 

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