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Raleigh doctor indicted again in 2009 DWI death

A Wake County judge postponed the trial of Raymond Dwight Cook after prosecutors realized last week that there was an error in his previous indictement.

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Dr. Raymond Cook, charged in ballerina's death
RALEIGH, N.C. — A grand jury on Monday returned a true bill of indictment for second-degree murder against a doctor charged with killing a 20-year-old ballerina more than a year ago.

Last week, a Wake County judge postponed the trial of Raymond Dwight Cook after prosecutors realized the previous indictment was missing the words “with malice aforethought,” a phrase required for a second-degree murder indictment.

A new trial date and new jury selection is expected next year.

The 43-year-old former facial plastic surgeon is accused of driving 85 mph and striking  the car of Winston-Salem ballerina Elena Bright Shapiro on Sept. 11, 2009.

Witnesses said Cook had been drinking at a Raleigh country club and at a tavern prior to the crash. He also faces charges of driving while impaired and death by motor vehicle.

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