Court Upholds Vehicular Homicide Conviction In Rapides Parish
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A state appellate court has upheld the Rapides Parish conviction of a driver who ran a stop sign in 2008, hitting another car and killing a woman and her unborn baby.
District Attorney James Downs says 58-year-old Paul David Heider was convicted in a bench trial of vehicular homicide in the 2007 death of Angela Cohen and third-degree feticide of Cohen's unborn child.
The Town Talk reports Judge Thomas Yeager sentenced Heider to two consecutive five-year jail terms, meaning Heider's stay in prison would be up to 10 years.
Heider appealed. He contended that the expert witness -- who testified Heider was high on marijuana at the time of the accident -- was wrong.
Appeals judges rejected Heider's argument.