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DWI driver Martin Heidgen loses appeal in Katie Flynn murder case

Martin Heidgen leaves Nassau County Court after his

Martin Heidgen leaves Nassau County Court after his arraignment. Read the full story. Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood

Martin Heidgen has lost an appeal after being convicted of murder in a notorious drunken-driving crash that killed a wedding limousine chauffeur and a 7-year-old flower girl.

A lawyer for Martin Heidgen said Thursday she would seek to appeal to a higher court after learning that an appellate division panel had rejected Heidgen's claim that he was wrongly convicted of depraved-indifference murder.

Attorney Jillian Harrington said she was disappointed by the 3-1 decision.

Heidgen is serving 19 years in prison. That includes an extra year for tampering with a DNA sample used in his 2008 trial.

Prosecutors contend Heidgen showed depraved indifference by driving the wrong way for miles down the Meadowbrook Parkway after a night of heavy drinking, slamming head-on into the limousine.


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