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NJ man rejects plea in Pa. motorcyclists' death

Associated Press Published: November 17, 2012

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of killing two motorcyclists while driving drunk in eastern Pennsylvania last summer has rejected a plea bargain, and his attorney is seeking to bar a doctor's testimony about alcohol's effect on him.

Fifty-year-old John Heaney III of Lopatcong Township, N.J. is scheduled for trial in Northampton County on involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges in July's crash in Bangor that killed two members of the Last Chance Motorcycle Club on their way to a funeral and injured six others

Heaney rejected a plea agreement Friday that called for a three- to six-year sentence.

Defense attorney Dennis Charles says bartenders said Heaney showed "no symptoms of intoxication," and prosecutors shouldn't be able to offer testimony that recent surgery may have magnified the effects of alcohol on his client.