DWI suspect appears in Raleigh courtroom

The wreck happened last St. Patrick's Day, and it wasn't the first time Ray Rouse IV had been in trouble with the law.
March 10, 2014 1:30:39 PM PDT
A man charged in a deadly wrong way crash sat in front of a judge Monday to hear the formal charges he faces for killing an elderly couple.

The wreck happened last St. Patrick's Day, and it wasn't the first time Ray Rouse IV had been in trouble with the law.

Rouse is still in a wheelchair recovering from his injuries in the head-on crash on Wade Avenue nearly a year ago.

In court, his attorney formally entered not guilty pleas to second degree murder, death by motor vehicle, and DWI.

Gaynell and Ormond Bailey were killed in the crash. They were on their way home from church.

A point of contention in Monday's hearing is that prosecutors want video from local TV stations. In particular, they want an interview from the prior St. Patrick's Day in which Rouse just happened to be interviewed by ABC11 about drinking and driving.

Rouse said to ABC11, "Especially at St. Patrick's Day, which is a beer drinking time."

It is possible that jurors will see that video if the case goes to trial as scheduled in September. However, Monday, Rouse's attorney at one point said "if this case goes to trial."

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