Convictions of Martin Heidgen, Taliyah Taylor and Franklin McPherson hinged on prosecutors’ contention they acted with “depraved indifference to human life.”
New York’s highest court will hear appeals from three drivers claiming they were too intoxicated to know right from wrong in deadly crashes and should have their murder convictions thrown out.
The family of a 7-year-old girl killed in a wrong-way drunken-driving crash in 2005 on Long Island has reached a settlement in the lawsuit against the convicted driver and the company that owned the limousine they were riding in.
In a 3 to 1 decision, the NY State Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled to uphold Martin Heidgen’s conviction. Heidgen was convicted of murder in a notorious drunken-driving crash that killed a wedding limo chauffeur and a 7-year-old flower girl.
The Long Island man convicted of a notorious wrong-way drunk driving crash that killed a 7-year-old girl and a limo driver is making a plea for freedom Monday.