On September 2, police in Raleigh filed second-degree murder charges against a 33-year-old man from Louisburg in connection with a crash on Old Wake Forest Road on August 29 in which one person died and two others suffered personal injuries.
According to police, Cory Lamar Henderson attempted to pass 28-year-old John Edward “Eddie” Ogburn, who was in a turning lane to go left from Old Wake Forest Road onto Zachary Brook Lane, where he lived.
Police originally charged Henderson with DUI and felony death by vehicle, among other offenses. He is also facing felony charges for the injuries the two passengers in Ogburn’s vehicle sustained.
After police consulted with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, the death by vehicle charge was upgraded. However, Henderson had been released after posting a $130,000 bond before the new charge could be issued.
Police were finally able to serve the warrant on September 2 when Henderson returned to the police station to retrieve personal items left at the scene of the crash. Police arrested him, placed him in custody, and transferred him to jail, according to Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
According to the prosecution, charges may be upgraded in cases of DUI fatalities when aggravating factors are present.
In 2004, state Department of Correction records show that Henderson was convicted of DUI in Wake County.
Police say that before the crash, they had been pursuing Henderson for reckless driving. He fled the scene afterward, but was apprehended a short time later.
Court records show that Henderson has a criminal record in not just North Carolina, but Arizona and Florida, as well.
In the 1990s, Henderson had several convictions for selling drugs in Franklin County. In April, he was the subject of a restraining order and charged with harassing and threatening someone in Raleigh.