Show explores Deborah Sykes killing, Darryl Hunt case

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In 1984, the murder of Deborah Sykes shocked Winston-Salem. She was a 26-year-old copy editor at The Sentinel, then the city’s afternoon newspaper. She was on her way to work on the morning of Aug. 10, 1984, when she was raped and stabbed.

That case, including the conviction and later acquittal of Darryl Hunt, is the subject of “On Her Own,” the latest episode of the crime documentary series “Cold Blood.” It will air on Investigation Discovery (channel 251 in Time Warner Cable’s digital tier, or 1251 in high-definition) at 9 p.m. tonight.

Using interviews, file footage, forensic evidence and dramatic re-enactments, the hourlong program examines the facts behind the case, from the moments when Sykes’ co-workers became concerned about her absence to the subsequent police investigation.

This article was written by Tim Clodfelter and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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