Man charged with murder after Winston-Salem woman overdoses

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the July 2013 death of a Winston-Salem woman.

On July 5, officers responded to an overdose at 4101 Primrose Path in Winston-Salem. Amy Star Sizemore, 29, was found at the scene and was later pronounced dead.

In August, authorities determined Sizemore’s cause of death was heroin toxicity due to intravenous drug abuse.

After a lengthy investigation, officials arrested Thomas James Cox, 31, in connection with the death of Sizemore.

Cox has been charged with second degree murder under North Carolina General Stature 14-17 (B) (2), which defines the crime in part as follows:

The murder is one that was proximately caused by the unlawful distribution of opium or any synthetic or natural salt, compound, derivative, or preparation of opium, or cocaine or other substance described in G.S. 90-90(1)d., or methamphetamine, and the ingestion of such substance caused the death of the user.

At the time of his arrest, Cox was being held in the Surry County Detention Center on unrelated charges. Cox is now under a $1,000,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation, or information regarding the distribution of illicit drugs, is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

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