Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wake County Murder Trials

One case ends, another begins...

In the case of Raymond Cook, the jury continues to deliberate on whether the killing of Elena Bright, a ballerina with the NC Ballet, was murder or involuntary manslaughter. Cook was intoxicated and speeding when his car collided with Ms. Bright's and killed her. The jury continues to deliberate on the issue of malice--whether his actions went beyond criminal negligence and showed reckless indifference to human life.

Yesterday, jury selection began in the case of Brad Cooper. Mr. Cooper is charged with killing his wife. His wife went for a run and never returned. She was found 2 days later, strangled. Jury selection is slated for this week and the court may begin hearing evidence next week. No jurors were seated the first day.

WRAL has been streaming both of these cases.

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