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Argument over socks leads to stabbing death, murder plea

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.

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DURHAM, N.C. — 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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Erin Hartness, Reporter
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