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DWI Could Lead to Murder Charge in Durham Case

Posted December 3, 1998

— A repeat, impaired driver who had no license could be charged with first degree murder in a DWI case in Durham County.

Charles Castleberry was in Durham County Court Friday for a bond hearing. His bond has been set at $500,000.

Castleberry is accused of killing 80-year-old Odessa Parker in a head-on collision on October 15.

Parker's family was in the courtroom Friday morning.

"It's a very tragic situation," Dr. Beverly Parker-Lewis says. "My mother was in relatively good health. She was a very happy woman."

The state is waiting for toxicology tests on Castleberry before they decide exactly what the charges against him will be.

They say he had alcohol, heroin and cocaine in his system at the time of the crash.


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