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Court rejects 'too drunk' argument

Court rejects 'too drunk' argument
Posted November 21st, 2013 @ 12:20pm

ALBANY (AP) -- New York's highest court has upheld the murder convictions of three drivers who caused deadly crashes, rejecting arguments they were too intoxicated to know the threat they posed.

Convictions of Martin Heidgen, Taliyah Taylor and Franklin McPherson hinged on prosecutors' contention they acted with "depraved indifference to human life" in crashes that shared common threads: driving too fast in the wrong lane while under the influence.

Heidgen was driving his pickup truck the wrong way on Long Island's Meadowbrook State Parkway in 2005 and hit a limousine, killing the driver, Stanley Rabinowitz, and 7-year-old passenger Katie Flynn and injuring five others.

McPherson hit a vehicle on another Long Island parkway in 2007, killing driver Leslie Burgess.

Taylor sped down Staten Island's Forest Avenue in 2006 and killed pedestrian Larry Simon.

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