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Drunken driver convicted on murder charge in fatal wreck

Posted November 22, 2010 7:36 p.m. EST
Updated November 22, 2010 7:59 p.m. EST

— A Louisburg man was sentenced Monday to more than 30 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in a fatal drunken driving wreck last year.

Following a week-long trial, jurors also found Cory Lamar Henderson guilty of driving while impaired and hit-and-run and serious injury by motor vehicle.

Prosecutors said Henderson, 34, was intoxicated on Aug. 29, 2009, when his car hit and killed Eddie Ogburn, 28, on Old Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

When Ogburn slowed to turn left onto Zachary Brook Lane, Henderson tried to pass, causing the wreck, police said. Henderson ran from the scene but was arrested shortly after.

Police said they also were pursuing Henderson before the crash when he was spotted driving recklessly, but the wreck occurred before they could pull him over.

Henderson had two previous driving while impaired convictions, prosecutors said.

Statewide, 394 people were killed last year in alcohol-related crashes, including 18 in Wake County, according to the North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.

There were almost 73,000 DWI charges filed in North Carolina in 2009, according to the state Administrative Office of the Courts. The office doesn't break out how many second-degree murder charges in North Carolina involve DWI cases.