Raymond Cook Convicted, Awaits Sentencing in Death of Ballerina

A former plastic surgeon from Raleigh, NC was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. A jury in Wake County, NC reached the verdict today, March 1, 2011, after two days of deliberation.

Prosecutors argued that Cook drove drunk at speeds up to 100 mph before slamming into a car driven by 20-year-old Elena Shapiro in September 2009. The collision killed the young woman, an apprentice with Carolina Ballet. Ms. Shapiro was originally from Winston-Salem, NC.

Cook’s defense argued that he was not acting with malice, but prosecutors tried to prove that his speed and blood-alcohol content were both high enough to convict him of second-degree murder.

The jury began deliberations about an aggravating factor to consider in his sentencing, which should be determined this afternoon.

I cant believe no one is still on this story it keeps me up at night. I dont wish harm on his family but what would he do if it happened to them. how dare she stand behind him she must be all about money.because she knows he's a drunken womensizer.What part of he wants to still be in the same room as him and call him a husband. Ihope he never pratices again
by joan March 26, 2011 at 01:17 AM
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