Day four of the Charnetski Trial is underway today. Charnetski is accused of causing an accident in Horseheads that killed Harolyn and Matthew Matteson in Horseheads while under the influence of marijuana.
Trooper Brandon Salyerds of the New York State Police was the first to testify today on the sobriety test results of Charnetski last July. His testimony included statements saying that Charnetski had eyelid/body/leg tremors, lack of convergence, and bloodshot, watery and dilated eyes.
The defense rebutted as Trooper Salyerds did not keep written record. The defense confirmed with the Trooper that these can also be symptoms after a tragic crash like the one Charnetski had just gone through.
The last person to the stand before a lunch break was Elizabeth Spratt, a forensic toxicologist who testifies on the impact/breakdown process of marijuana in the body.
As people took lunch break it was noticed by our 18 News reporter Nikita Ramos that a group of local bikers had been gathering in front of the courthouse since the start of the trial this morning at 9 AM to stand in solidarity for the Matteson family.