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Published On: Fri, Oct 16th, 2015

North Carolina: Amy Sizemore died from $80 heroin deal, says murder suspect Thomas Cox

The 2013 death of Amy Star Sizemore involved an overdose and second-degree murder suspect Thomas James Cox allegedly confessed the details of the heroin transaction which preceded her death.

Cox, on trial, told the detectives that he sold $80 worth of heroin to Sizemore, who died from an overdose on July 5, 2013, according to testimony Thursday.

Winston-Salem Police Det. Christopher Navy, one of the lead investigators, said in Forsyth Superior Court that he interviewed Cox in August 2013. During the interview, Cox told Navy and another detective that Sizemore contacted him about buying heroin.

Thomas James Cox

Thomas James Cox

Sizemore met Cox near Forsyth Technical Community College, where Sizemore paid Cox $80, Navy said.

Cox told detectives that he then drove to the north end of the city to get the drugs from his supplier and then went to Sizemore’s house on Primrose Path to deliver the drugs.

But before he even delivered the drugs, he injected some of the heroin, Navy said Cox told him.

During opening remarks, Assistant District Attorney Kim Davis said Sizemore, 29, died about three hours after she got the heroin.

Navy said Cox was known as a “bump runner,” or a middle man between a drug user and a drug dealer.

Cox also told detectives that he had previously seen someone die of an overdose of heroin, Navy added.

Dr. Patrick Lantz, a Forsyth County medical examiner, testified Thursday that Sizemore died from heroin toxicity, had no signs of natural disease and did not have any external or internal injuries that would have led to her death.

Lantz testified that the toxicology report indicated no other opiates in her system, confirming that there was no indication that she had taken any Benzodiazepine drugs such as Xanax.

Dan Wanderman and Whit Davis, Cox’s attorneys have stated that they plan on calling experts to challenge some of Lantz’s conclusions.

Under cross-examination by Wanderman, Lantz said he did not request Sizemore’s medical record and was not aware that she had briefly been at Forsyth Medical Center in June 2013 due to intravenous drug use.

Lantz also acknowledged under cross-examination that he did not know what prescription medication Sizemore had been taking prior to her death.

The trial is ongoing.

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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