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.

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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.


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  • by Kevin Location: Greenville on Nov 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    Medical Boards are notorious for protection of physicians not the public. Blah, blah, blah
  • by Brittany Location: Farmville on Nov 1, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    I would be careful to lump all physicians into one category. Yes, some do receive way to much respect, and those are the ones who mostly abuse it. You are right. But you have many physicians who don't receive enough respect, and wouldn't abuse given respect if they had it. But, because many people assume that all physicians are the same, and that all physicians should be lumped into the same category as this scum, they aren't treated with the respect they deserve. There are doctors who care about their patients, their quality of life, and try to do what they feel is best for them. This guy obviously isn't one of them. Some become doctors for the money (and they're in for a surprise when they get the bill for the school loans), some because they truly want to help people. Bottom line, all physicians are not the same, and the ones that do try hard and care about their patients deserve that distinction.
  • by Kevin Location: Greenville on Nov 1, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    he deserves the max. Physicians receive way to much respect and mostly abuse it.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    Yeah this is pretty sad. Feel bad for both families.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 1, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    I remember hearing about this. This doctor made one of his worst mistakes throughout his whole life and will have to pay dearly for it.
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