Possible tampering clouds DNA sample in Meadowbrook DWI trial

(09/22/06) MINEOLA - The judge in the Meadowbrook Parkway DWI murder trial ordered a second DNA test Friday after the initial results showed possible tampering. Martin Heidgen, the man accused of driving

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Sep 22, 2006, 9:50 PM

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(09/22/06) MINEOLA - The judge in the Meadowbrook Parkway DWI murder trial ordered a second DNA test Friday after the initial results showed possible tampering.
Martin Heidgen, the man accused of driving the wrong way on the Meadowbrook Parkway and killing two, was ordered Wednesday to provide a DNA sample to see if it matched the vials of blood ruled inadmissible because they were mishandled. But when the results came back Friday, they revealed two different sets of DNA. Neil Flynn, the father of the 7-year-old killed in the crash, says he believes Heidgen swapped spit with an inmate in order to beat the test. As a result, Judge Honorof ordered the defendant to take a blood-based DNA test to prevent tampering and further confusion.
Assistant District Attorney Maureen McCormick says one of the two DNA codes found in Heidgen?s sample did match that of the controversial blood. Prosecutors claim the DNA match will prove he was driving drunk.
The defendant is charged with drunken driving and the murder of Katie Flynn and Stanley Rabinowitz, 62. Rabinowitz was driving the Flynn family home from a wedding in his limo the night of the July 2005 crash.
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