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Raleigh man charged with 2nd degree murder in wrong-way crash

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Ray Norman Rouse IV is charged with second degree murder in connection with a March 17 fatal accident. Ray Norman Rouse IV is charged with second degree murder in connection with a March 17 fatal accident.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A Raleigh man has been released from the hospital and charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal wrong-way crash in March.

Ray Norman Rouse IV was released from the hospital Thursday morning and first transferred to the Wake County Detention Center. Rouse is charged with two counts of second degree murder and two counts of felony death by vehicle.

Rouse, 34, had a court appearance Thursday afternoon via video. He is confined to a wheelchair after breaking nine bones in the crash.

The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. on March 17 at the corner of Wade Ave. and Glenwood Ave. Rouse was going the wrong way on Wade Ave. and struck a car driven by Ormond Jackson Bailey head on.

Bailey 83, was killed. Gaynell Batton Bailey, 79, who was riding with Ormond Jackson Bailey, also died as a result of the accident.

According to wreck reports, Rouse had a blood-alcohol content level that was twice the legal limit. It was his third DWI charge.

Rouse is now being held at Central Prison on a $2 million bond.

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