- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - It’s up to a judge in New Jersey to decide whether a former “Melrose Place” actress can use a public defender to appeal her conviction of killing a woman while driving drunk in 2010.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer is serving a three-year prison sentence after she was convicted in 2012 of vehicular manslaughter and assault by auto.

The Courier News of Bridgewater (https://mycj.co/1g6RF6L ) reports Somerset County prosecutors argued on Tuesday that Locane-Bovenizer should not be granted a state-funded lawyer because she and her husband are not indigent.

Public defender Dale Jones argued the cost of the appeal is at least $34,000.

The judge is expected to decide by the end of the month.

Locane-Bovenizer appeared in 13 episodes of TV’s “Melrose Place” and several movies.

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Information from: Courier News (Bridgewater, N.J.) , https://www.mycentraljersey.com

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