UPDATE: Ballerina Murder Trial Might Be Postponed Until 2011

The trial of a Raleigh doctor in the car crash death of a 20-year-old ballerina may be postponed until next year because of a paperwork mishap.

Multiple media outlets report that Raymond Dwight Cook was indicted Monday on charges that include second-degree murder. Cook's trial was set to begin last week, but prosecutors noticed the indictment was worded incorrectly. They had to go back to a grand jury with a corrected document.

The paperwork problem means jury selection for the 43-year-old former plastic surgeon may not begin until 2011. Authorities say Cook was driving 85 mph when he struck the car of Winston-Salem ballerina Elena Bright Shapiro in September 2009.

PREVIOUS STORY:
The trial is set to begin for a doctor charged with murder in a wreck that killed a 20-year-old ballerina.

Multiple media outlets reported the trial of Raymond Dwight Cook of Raleigh is scheduled to start in Raleigh on Monday.

Cook faces charges of second-degree murder, felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired.

The 43-year-old former plastic surgeon is accused of driving 85 mph when he struck the car of Winston-Salem ballerina Elena Bright Shapiro in September 2009.

Since the wreck, Cook has given up his medical license and spent time in an alcohol treatment facility.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WITN

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 106434334 - witn.com/a?a=106434334