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Stop sign violation conviction upheld

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ALEXANDRIA, La., (KNOE 8 News) - A state appeals court has upheld the Rapides Parish conviction of a driver for running a stop sign and hitting another car, killing a woman and her unborn baby in that car.

58-year-old Paul David Heider had been convicted of vehicular homicide in the death of Angela Cohen and third-degree feticide of Cohen's unborn child in 2007. On that conviction, Judge Thomas Yeager sentenced Heider to two consecutive five-year jail terms. 

In his appeal, Heider argued that the expert witness who testified he (Heider) was high on marijuana at the time of the accident, was wrong.

The appeals judges rejected the argument.

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