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Wendell Man Indicted On Second-Degree Murder Charge

Posted April 4, 2006 8:22 a.m. EDT

— A Wake County grand jury indicted a man Tuesday in connection with a drunken-driving accident in which a sheriff's deputy's sport utility vehicle ran over the victim.

Samuel Morris, 35, of Wendell, was indicted on second-degree murder charges. He is also charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.

Authorities said Morris had been drinking at a Knightdale bar when he drove 60 mph down N.C. Highway 64 and slammed into Capt. Walt Martin's parked SUV.

Martin had stopped to help another man, James Warren, after finding him passed out in a ditch. The impact of the crash caused the SUV to roll over and kill Warren.

Warren, who had been at the same bar as Morris, had been walking down Highway 64 to a nearby hotel where his wife worked.