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Raleigh man pleads not guilty in fatal 2013 St. Patrick's Day DWI collision

Posted March 10

Ray Rouse IV appears in a Wake County courtroom on March 10, 2014, where he pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree murder in the March 17, 2013, deaths of  Ormond Jackson Bailey, 83, and Gaynell Batton Bailey, 79.

— A Raleigh man arrested in a St. Patrick's Day head-on collision that killed a couple on their way home from church pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder and other charges in the nearly year-old case.

In addition to two counts of murder, Ray Norman Rouse IV, 35, faces two counts of felony death by motor vehicle and one count of driving while impaired in connection with the deaths of Ormond Jackson Bailey, 83, and his wife, Gaynell Batton Bailey, 79.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens on Monday also set Rouse's trial date for the week of Sept. 15.

Raleigh police say the Baileys were headed east on Wade Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. on March 17, 2013, when Rouse, traveling west at 43 mph in a 35 mph zone, struck their 2002 Mercury Marquis head-on.

Court documents indicated Rouse had been at brunch prior to the wreck and had a blood-alcohol content of .17, more than twice the legal limit.

The Baileys, friends said, had been at church and lunch and were on their way home to watch the ACC Tournament.

Witnesses reported that several cars swerved to avoid Rouse's 2008 Kia Spectra before it struck the Baileys near Glenwood Avenue.

The Baileys died at a local hospital, and Rouse, according to his defense attorney, suffered several broken bones and head injuries that put him into a medically induced coma for three weeks.

Rouse, who is in the Wake County Detention Center under a $2 million bond, pleaded guilty to DWI in Durham County after a September 2001 arrest. Similar charges were dismissed against him in April 2005 in Wake County and again in February 2006 in Wake County, according to court records.

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  • dcatz Mar 11, 11:18 a.m.

    Murder does not require intent to kill, only malice.

    Malice can be satisfied in one of our ways :

    1.Intent to kill (e.g. you kill someone illegally and you intended to kill them).

    2.Intent to inflict serious bodily injury (e.g. You attacked someone with the intent to seriously harm them and they die even though you didn't intend to kill them).

    3.Felony murder (Death resulting from the commission of or from the immediate flight of a felony. Typically limited to violent felonies such as rape, robbery, arson, etc.)

    4.Depraved heart or depraved indifference murder. An extreme form of negligent homicide (which is normally manslaughter) in which the defendant went beyond simple negligence and acted in a way that showed extreme or depraved indifference to human life or the risks that his or her actions posed to others. DUI can fall under this category if there are prior offenses or aggravating circumstances (e.g. driving with a revoked license).

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 11, 11:04 a.m.

    "KNOWING he might hit and kill someone" - rednek


    He intended to drive drunk, but I doubt he intended to kill someone. More than likely never thought or imagined he'd run into someone, much less kill them. The murder charge really doesn't fit. The problem is that people don't feel that the punishment is great enough under the other charges so the murder charge is added. I think that weakens the murder statutes. We should change the laws to the death by vehicle statutes to have more severe punishments if alcohol is involved.

  • JAT Mar 11, 11:02 a.m.

    to plead not guilty in this case is contempt. charge him with that, too, and add on a few years.

  • hardsckull22 Mar 11, 10:33 a.m.

    THIS MAN HAS NO CONSCIENCE. ACCEPT YOUR FATE WITH SOME DIGNITY.

  • 68_dodge_polara Mar 11, 10:25 a.m.

    "pleaded guilty to DWI in Durham County after a September 2001 arrest. Similar charges were dismissed against him in April 2005 in Wake County and again in February 2006 in Wake County, according to court records."

    So he finally killed some people...

  • scubagirl2 Mar 11, 10:19 a.m.

    How can he now then plead innocent?....

    ...because he should not have charged with murder. Felony... View More

    — Posted by yellow_hat

    Based on the FACTS in this article-previous DWIs etc he is ABSOLUTELY charged correctly IMO. HE drank, HE drove, HE killed. It should be murder.

  • scubagirl2 Mar 11, 10:16 a.m.

    "Court documents indicated Rouse had been at brunch prior to the wreck and had a blood-alcohol content of .17, more than twice the legal limit."

    THAT alone equals GUILTY BUT this "Rouse, who is in the Wake County Detention Center under a $2 million bond, pleaded guilty to DWI in Durham County after a September 2001 arrest. Similar charges were dismissed against him in April 2005 in Wake County and again in February 2006 in Wake County, according to court records." shows a pattern and perhaps he should have been sentenced after his 2005 AND 2006 charges the Baileys would still be alive......

    Charge AND sentence him for murder! THAT is what he did.

  • dcatz Mar 11, 9:23 a.m.

    Murder charges are unfounded but death by vehicle or manslaughter would be appropriate.

    — Posted by Frank Downtown

    There is precedent for murder charges. It is called depraved heart murder. See here : http://www.crimesanddefenses.com/SilverBullets7.html#anchor_84

    His previous DUIs indicate a remarkable lack of concern for the safety of other drivers or how his drunken antics put other people at risk.

  • karenbloom Mar 11, 9:13 a.m.

    I hope he gets life in prison. When are people going to stop drinking and driving? Call a cab!

  • rednek Mar 10, 7:57 p.m.

    How can he now then plead innocent?....

    ...because he should not have charged with murder. Felony... View More

    — Posted by yellow_hat

    IMHO he is justly charged with murder; he drank and got drunk, then knowingly got behind the wheel of his vehicle, KNOWING he might hit and kill someone. Not first degree murder, bur murder none the less. The Baileys are just as dead as if he had used any other weapon at his disposal, in this case the weapon was his vehicle.

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