Suspect in teen's death faces drug charges

From Staff ReportsOctober 17, 2008 

— Investigators have added more drug charges against a woman accused of murder in the overdose death of a Fuquay-Varina teen.

Tamitha Gilchrist Hicks was charged Wednesday with four felony counts of drug trafficking, including trafficking in opium.

One of the new arrest warrants accuses her of obtaining 42 doses of oxycodone from a Walgreens in Fuquay-Varina in March, using a prescription in someone else's name. Another accuses her of possessing 97 oxycodone pills in April.

The charges added $1 million to Hicks' previous bail of $1 million on other drug charges. She is also being held without bail in the Wake County jail on the second-degree murder charge. Her age and address are unclear in court documents.

Hicks, also known as Tamitha Gilchrist and Tamitha Denise Hicks, was indicted this year under a state law that allows prosecutors to bring second-degree murder charges against someone who provides illegal drugs that result in a death. Before the murder indictment, she had been charged with trafficking heroin and distributing methadone.

She is accused of supplying drugs to Taylor Jacob Klein, an 18-year-old found dead in a ditch along a rural road in April 2006.

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