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Raleigh man faces upgraded charges in fatal DWI crash

Posted May 23, 2013

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— A Raleigh man still recovering after a fatal St. Patrick's Day drunken-driving crash was indicted this week on additional charges of second-degree murder in the case.

Ray Norman Rouse IV, 34, was driving west in an eastbound lane of Wade Avenue on the afternoon of March 17 when he struck a car driven by Ormond Jackson Bailey.

Bailey, 83, and his wife, Gaynell Batton Bailey, 79, died from their injuries at WakeMed.

Rouse was indicted in April on two counts of felony death by motor vehicle but the charges were upgraded after further investigation, according to Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jason Waller.

"We believe the facts of this case support the more serious charge," Waller said.

According to a search warrant, a witness reported that Rouse was coming from a brunch and had been drinking prior to the wreck.

He was listed in good condition Thursday at WakeMed.

According to court records, he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in Durham County after a September 2001 arrest. Similar charges were dismissed against him in April 2005 in Wake County and February 2006 in Wake County.

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  • 678devilish May 24, 2013

    Drinking and driving is still a no no. I guess he thought he could handled it. He needs to get some serious help with his drinking. He is too young for that. It can kill him in the long run.

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast May 24, 2013

    Both judges who let him go free after "similar charges" in 2005 and 2006 should face murder charges, as accomplices. This is at LEAST the 4th time he was drunk behind the wheel. "According to court records, he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in Durham County after a September 2001 arrest. Similar charges were dismissed against him in April 2005 in Wake County and February 2006 in Wake County."

  • cecil822 May 24, 2013

    This guy murdered and elderly couple in the middle of the day. He should spend a LONG time locked up.

  • mojaintsmall May 24, 2013

    The people who died were 83 and 79. I wonder if their age and frail health contributed to their death? Also a witness said he was drinking but there is no indication of alcohol level in his system. Hopefully in real life he gets a fair trail and not a wral golo vigilantly guilty verdict without a trial.

  • LastSon1981 May 24, 2013

    And oh...this definitely should be another example of evidence to you liberals that think more gun laws will stop criminals from commiting gun crimes that your logic is wrong. Criminals will commit crimes because they do not respect the laws....so please, stop trying to force your own lack of responsibility on law abidding conservatives.

    Liberals and Guns huh?

  • redapace May 24, 2013

    So he was brunch drunk.

  • mrlee34 May 24, 2013

    And oh...this definitely should be another example of evidence to you liberals that think more gun laws will stop criminals from commiting gun crimes that your logic is wrong. Criminals will commit crimes because they do not respect the laws....so please, stop trying to force your own lack of responsibility on law abidding conservatives.

  • mrlee34 May 24, 2013

    So basically he has been caught by police drinking and driving 3 previous times?? I say that because two of the 3 previous ones were dismissed.....probably only because the officer never showed up to court so this guy got out of it. Yep, time to lock him up since he has not learned your lesson...this being his fourth strike.

  • pappybigtuna1 May 24, 2013

    kind of amazed at the reactions on DWI death by motor vehicle.

    We had a "land mark" case in Durham, where a repeat offender killed a little girl in the family vehicle. He was convicted of 1st degree murder. There was such a stink by the passive/liberal people that a re-sentencing was forced. Went from "life" to some ridiculously low years plus the reduction of time served.

    Put teeth in the Driving Laws? Not while people think that drunk drivers have an excuse, by consuming alcohol.

  • Sundays Child May 24, 2013

    This is not supposed to happen. We have laws against drinking and driving.

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