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Thursday, September 14, 2006

CrimProf Richard Klein Comments about Blood Sample Mishandling

R_klein_1From Touro Law School CrimProf Richard Klein recently commented on the possible mishandling of a blood sample that New York prosecutors say shows that Martin Heidgen had as many as 14 drinks in his system on the night he drove the wrong way on the Meadowbrook Parkway.

Heidgen, 25, of Valley Stream, is being tried for second-degree murder, on charges that he drove drunk on July 2, 2005, when his pickup truck slammed into a limousine and killed driver Stanley Rabinowitz, 59, of Farmingdale, and 7-year-old Katie Flynn of Long Beach, who had just served as a flower girl in her aunt's wedding.

"It could be very significant," said Klein. Prosecutors may have other evidence showing Heidgen committed murder, Klein said, but the mishandled blood sample "definitely weakens the prosecutor's case." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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