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Trial Under Way In Cary Teen's Drug-Overdose Death

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The trial of a 16-year-old boy accused of murder in connection with the overdose death of a Cary teenager is now under way.

An autopsy report showed that Erica Hicks, 16, died after ingesting a lethal combination of drugs on Oct. 3, 2005. The teen, whose name is not being released to the public because he is being tried as a juvenile, is charged with second-degree murder.

Witnesses on Monday testified that the teens did ecstasy at a party in Raleigh and then, did cocaine at the defendant's house in Cary, which is where Hicks collapsed. Witnesses also testified that one teen called 911 after Hicks collapsed and that the defendant told the operator that the call was a mistake. He later sought help from a neighbor, who called 911.

Earlier in the day, a witness testified that on the night before the party Hicks' mother shared marijuana and the prescription drug Xanax with her daughter and friends, including the defendant.

The trial continues on Tuesday and is expected to last two weeks.

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