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Raleigh man formally charged in fatal St. Patrick's Day collision

Posted May 30, 2013

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— A Raleigh man facing second-degree murder charges in a St. Patrick's Day drunken-driving collision that killed a married couple was discharged from a local hospital Thursday and formally charged in the case.

Ray Norman Rouse IV, 34, was driving west in an eastbound lane of Wade Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. on March 17 when he struck head-on a car driven by Ormond Jackson Bailey.

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

Rouse was released from the hospital shortly before 11:30 a.m. and officially charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of felony death by motor vehicle.

Search warrants indicate that Rouse reportedly had left a brunch prior to the wreck and had been drinking. According to a wreck report, he was traveling 43 mph in a 35 mph zone and had a blood-alcohol content of .17.

Because of injuries he suffered, Rouse made his first court appearance via closed-circuit video Thursday afternoon, where a judge kept his bond at $2 million.

He was then taken to Central Prison in Raleigh where he will continue to receive care for injuries he suffered in the wreck.

Ray Rouse Man formally charged in fatal St. Patrick's Day collision

"He's not out of the woods yet," his defense attorney, Matt Faucette, said.

Faucette said Rouse suffered two broken legs, a broken arm, broken ribs and two head injuries that put him into a medically induced coma for at least three weeks and that he has rods in his body from hips to his toes.

Neither Rouse nor his family is seeking a bond reduction, Faucette said, nor do they plan to seek release.

The Baileys' children, meanwhile, did appear in court and said they had hoped he would have appeared in person and that they are committed to seeing justice in the case and have filed a civil suit against Rouse.

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

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  • mj2013 May 31, 2013

    The fact of the matter is this guys father is the owner of R.N.Rouse construction company. He has been protected by his daddy's money until now. With a 2million dollar bond and the possibility of spending his life in prison, his daddy cant save him any more

  • kornfan2448 May 31, 2013

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

    This guy should have not been behind the wheel of a car...period!

  • sinenomine May 31, 2013

    tarheelpatriot, it was a jury that acquitted Cook of second degree murder, not the judge. It is inherently very difficult for any prosecutor to make a case of second degree murder in a situation of this sort.

    Both the defense and the prosecution did a fine job in the Cook trial. Had I been on the jury I would have had no problem with second degree murder based on what I know of the case. I am acquainted with that prosecutor and after the trial was over I personally thanked him for his efforts.

  • Classified May 31, 2013

    ” It's not political ideology at play here, its a defective court system. Instead of tossing around liberal/conservative jabs, how about working together to solve problems.” Suprisedyoucanread

    I guess you haven’t heard, according to the politically inept, liberals are responsible for everything from DUI’s to catastrophic weather events. Even today we will experience a near miss from an asteroid caused by liberals. A collision with earth will be narrowly averted by focusing the hot air of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham directly into the asteroids trajectory.

  • BeBe924 May 30, 2013

    I truly hope that this man gets the maximum penalty that is allowed!!! How many strikes does it take before people like him are stopped? He deserves no mercy....he had his opportunity to change and failed miserably! Continued prayers to the family of the couple that lost their lives.

  • lwe1967 May 30, 2013

    It seems as if he has a history of drinking and driving. He has been hurt, but he is healing, but the Bailey's are gone. Their family can never replace them. They only have the memories now.

  • thinkin out loud May 30, 2013

    suprisedyoucanread, No ADA in Wake county will negotiate a dismissal on a DWI. Colon Willoughby will send them packing.

  • thinkin out loud May 30, 2013

    Amen ifcdirector, It is the liberal judges that demand more than what statute requires. The law says 0.08 or higher and you are impaired, end of story. But Judges want bad driving also. So cops are suppose to risk the driver doing something just like this before they will find them guilty. Wake DA needs to look at reinstating charges if it's not been too long.

  • WorkingMyNerves May 30, 2013

    "Unreal that he was let off for DWI twice in this county. One day voters are going to stop electing liberal court officials in this county."

    If you think that is the case you are sadly mistaken. Half the time someone gets off for a DUI its negotiated by the district attorney offices. It's not political ideology at play here, its a defective court system. Instead of tossing around liberal/conservative jabs, how about working together to solve problems.

  • ifcdirector May 30, 2013

    This happened at the end of my street. Very sad. You could see a long set of tread marks on the street where they tried to slam on the brakes and avoid him as they came around the corner. Unreal that he was let off for DWI twice in this county. One day voters are going to stop electing liberal court officials in this county.

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