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Argument over socks leads to stabbing death, murder plea

Posted June 11, 2010

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— A Durham man was sentenced Friday to more than 15 years in prison for killing his brother-in-law last year in a fight over a pair of socks, authorities said.

Mico Langley, 32, of 8 Birds Nest Court, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the May 19, 2009, stabbing death of Michael James Copeland, 34, of Durham.

Prosecutors said Langley stabbed Coleman in the heart after an argument over socks. Police found Copeland dead inside Langley's house, and they tracked Langley down about a half-hour later near the intersection of Freeman and Clayton roads.


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  • The Fox Jun 11, 2010

    You beat me to it Goose. Drop the Gold toes and back away.

  • 1nclady Jun 11, 2010

    They must have been some special socks.

  • Mr. Sensible Jun 11, 2010

    Just plain backwards ignorance.

  • old man sam Jun 11, 2010

    That Socks!

  • NotFromHere Jun 11, 2010

    Many people in our community suffer from mental illness that goes untreated. Mental health treatment in NC is very difficult to procure unless you have a lot of money or fantastic insurance. Many senseless violent crimes in our community are committed by those with mental illness that never receive any treatment.

  • One Good Dad Jun 11, 2010

    I'm sure it was more than the socks that caused the stabbing. I'm sure things led up overtime that caused this. The socks probably was what bought it to the point of no return.

  • WinnieFan Jun 11, 2010

    This is even better than the stabbing over left-over potato salad.

  • gooseisloose99 Jun 11, 2010

    But what kind of socks were they? Gold toes? They are pretty fabulous.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 11, 2010

    Makes sense to me. LOL