Closing Arguments Scheduled In Ex-Doctor's Trial

6:37 AM, Feb 25, 2011   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC -- Closing arguments are scheduled in the trial of a former Raleigh doctor charged with second-degree murder in the death of a ballerina killed after a car he was driving struck hers at an intersection more than a year ago.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that defense attorneys representing Raymond Cook presented no evidence, setting the stage for Friday's closing arguments in a Wake County courtroom.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that Cook's speed and his blood-alcohol content show he acted with malice when his car crashed into 20-year-old Elena Shapiro's car, killing the ballerina in September 2009. Shapiro, who was from Winston-Salem, was in Raleigh working with the Carolina Ballet.

The final prosecution witness was Brantly Bright Shapiro, a Wake Forest University dance teacher Elena Shapiro's mother.










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