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Raleigh woman indicted on murder charge in Jan. auto death

Posted June 26, 2013

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— A Wake County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Raleigh woman on a second-degree murder charge in the DWI-related death of a Bailey woman killed nearly five months ago.

Lydia Marie Mills, 29, of 4104 Labrador Drive in Raleigh, was driving near her home around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 30 when, authorities say, she lost control of her SUV, hit a tree and landed in a ditch.

Her passenger, Amanda Brooke Massengill, died in the crash, and investigators initially charged Mills with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.

The grand jury also indicted Mills on the DWI charge as well as a felony hit-and-run charge.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jason Waller said Wednesday that evidence in the case warranted the second-degree murder charge.

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  • mckangst Jun 27, 2013

    Accidental deaths, regardless of negligence, should not be treated the same as intentional deaths.

    First degree murder -- Planning/intent to kill
    Second degree murder -- Violence resulting in death, but not planned or intended -- (i.e. rage took over)
    Death by Negligence -- Did something careless that resulted in someone's death when they should have known better

    Even the third definition gets sketchy with alcohol related deaths, because it is absolutely possible to have a couple of drinks with dinner, be legally impaired only by definition, and not by actual body function impairment (for example reflexes unaffected or even enhanced by smaller doses of alcohol).

    A better case for negligent death is if someone took hard drugs knowing they were illegal. That's an intentional legal act resulting in death.

    We live in a frightening society that the average citizen cannot distinguish the difference in these cases in their own minds.

  • lasm Jun 27, 2013

    "Unless the victim was kidnapped and thrown into the car unwillingly, I just don't get the murder charge.

    People need to take responsibility for their own actions. This girl deserves to be in prison for dui, but not murder."

    I believe there are very few people with a legal driver's license that do not know that driving under the influence is, not only unlawful, but DEADLY. Before you drink and then drive, you know it will most probably (not just possible, but probable)result in danger, injuries and/or death. THAT is what makes it murder. The knowledge beforehand. I wonder if there are many people who have lost love ones in a DWI related death that wouldn't believe it accounts to murder. In my opinion, you can't be too strict on people who have no regard for others-and that's exactly what this woman had-NONE.

  • outhousecat Jun 26, 2013

    Unless the victim was kidnapped and thrown into the car unwillingly, I just don't get the murder charge.

    People need to take responsibility for their own actions. This girl deserves to be in prison for dui, but not murder.

  • voice your opinion Jun 26, 2013

    It's not just bad driving habits. It's drinking and driving!!! Don't do it...it's not worth it.

  • jjsmith1973 Jun 26, 2013

    They are begining to stretch the use and definition of 2nd degree murder way to much

  • LocalYokel Jun 26, 2013

    Bad drivers please pay attention to what is happening to Lydia Mills and if you don't want to be in her situation then change your bad driving ways.