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.