Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Second Degree Murder Trial Continues in Wake County

The Second Degree murder trial of Raymond Cook (left) continues in Wake County. Cook is accused of drunkenly crashing his car and killing a young woman. Cook had a history of DWIs and was speeding that night.

The case has received quite a bit of press, likely because the defendant is both white and affluent and the victim, Elena Shapiro (below) was a professional ballerina with the Carolina Ballet.

The trial seems to hinge on whether Cook's actions show reckless indifference to human life (prosecution: he was wildly speeding, drunk as a skunk and had a callous history of drunk driving) or simply a tragic accident (defense: he had a few drinks at the bar and rushing home to meet wife, but the accident could have happened to anyone).

Will be interesting to see how this one pans out. The trial could go on a for another week or two.

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