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Woman pleads guilty in overdose death

Posted May 4, 2009 3:03 p.m. EDT
Updated May 4, 2009 3:22 p.m. EDT

— A Fuquay-Varina woman pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the overdose death of a teenager more than three years ago.

Tamitha Gilchrist, 43, of 641 Angier Road, was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for the April 7, 2006, death of Taylor Jacob Klein. The body of the 18-year-old Fuquay-Varina resident was found in a ditch near the intersection of Sweet Springs Road and Cass Holt Road in southern Wake County.

Wake County investigators initially ruled Klein's death an accidental overdose, but Klein's family hired a detective to investigate the case.

The detective found that Gilchrist supplied drugs to Klein and ordered his body to be dumped along the road after he overdosed at her rooming house, and Wake County Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings then pursued murder charges against her.

Gilchrist, who also goes by the name Tamitha Denise Hicks, also pleaded guilty to several drug trafficking charges for dealing drugs in Fuquay-Varina.