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Defendant in Winston-Salem murder case admitted he sold heroin to woman who died of overdose

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Thomas James Cox, on trial for second-degree murder, told a Winston-Salem detective that he sold $80 worth of heroin to Amy Star 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. 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 delivered the drugs, he injected some of the heroin, Navy said Cox told him.

Navy said Cox was known as a “bump runner,” or a middle man between a drug user and a drug dealer. He said Cox also told detectives that he had previously seen someone die of an overdose of heroin.

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