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Repeat DWI Offender's Murder Trial Slated For March

Posted January 5, 2006

— A man accused of killing a Durham grandmother last February in a drunken-driving accident is scheduled to go to trial in March.

Kenneth Maready was arraigned Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Kay Stokes, who authorities say was ejected from the truck she was driving after the vehicle Maready was driving plowed into it.

Prosecutors say Maready's blood alcohol level may have been three times the legal driving limit. Public records show that Maready has a lengthy criminal record, including nine prior DWI convictions.

The Feb. 12 accident, in which Stokes died, was less than a month after Maready had been released from prison while serving time for previous convictions.

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