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Attorney weighs in on 59-count indictment against Dennis Drue

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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y.- - It has been more than five weeks since the Northway crash that claimed the lives of two Shenendehowa High School seniors and severely injured two other teens.

On Monday a 59-count indictment was unsealed against 22-year-old Dennis Drue, who is facing a slew of felony charges, for allegedly causing the crash while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, according to prosecutors.

Drue pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.

The 59-count indictment includes 52 felonies, including Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter.

Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy says Drue is also facing charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

"When you have one victim, an indictment can be large, but when you multiply that by four victims, it's going to be four times as large at least," says Murphy.

Drue's attorney Stephen Coffey says while Drue did have a few drinks the night of the accident, he was not on drugs and not intoxicated.

"I can tell you, we're going to contest this indictment," says Coffey. "I know there are 59 counts, but we don't intend, and I want to make this very clear, to go 58 out of 59. That plea is to all 59 counts."

But before a trial can even be considered, there are a number of factors to be considered.

Local attorney Arnold Proskin says first and foremost the defense will likely formally ask for a change of venue, and also motion for some of the 59 charges to be dismissed.

"I think it's going to be impossible to find 12 jurors who do not have an opinion in this case," says Proskin.

The defense has 45 days to make motions regarding the indictment, with no exact court date set.

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