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Apartment Murder and Nearby Shooting Not Connected, Winston-Salem Police Say

Police say a man was stabbed to death by his roommates at an apartment on Academy Street. Nearby on Mulberry Street, a man was found shot in the roadway.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem Police are investigating two deaths and one assault with a deadly weapon case. They all happened in the early morning hours of Monday, but are not connected.

MAN STABBED TO DEATH

The first call came in at 3:06 a.m. about a body found in an apartment on West Academy Street, and has been classified as a homicide. 

Police said 26-year-old Marcus Smith was stabbed to death by his two roommates. Jesse Sanchez and Brandon Bussey, both 20, have been charged with murder.

A court date has been set for November 14, 2019. Both men are being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center.

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

The second call came in at 3:34 a.m. on Mulberry Street. Police arrived to find Eric Coble shot on the side of the roadway. He was transported to a hospital, where he has since died. Police say Coble was shot outside of a home and the suspect ran away from the area. Investigators believe the shooting is an isolated incident and that two suspects are involved. However, they have not identified those suspects. 

Editor's note: Winston-Salem Police originally said the victim involved in the Mulberry Street investigation had died. Tuesday, police issued a correction saying Eric Coble is in critical condition at the hospital. Winston-Salem Police then sent another release Tuesday night stating that Coble has since died of his injuries and it's being investigated as a homicide.

BICYCLIST HIT, KILLED BY DUMP TRUCK

The third call came in at 6:24 a.m. at Southdale Avenue and Overdale Road. Police say an adult male, identified as Jamey Alfredo Thornton, was found dead in the roadway next to his bicycle. Investigators say Thornton was sideswiped by a dump truck. They haven't said if the driver will be charged. 

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