Members of a Maxton family face multiple charges after authorities say a home was destroyed in a fire in 2010 to collect insurance money.
Julia Locklear, 31, of 114 Sanderson Road, is charged with solicitation to commit arson, felony conspiracy, felony insurance fraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense in the June 17 fire that destroyed her double-wide mobile home at 3325 McGirt Road, according to Lt. Brian Duckworth of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department. She is out of jail on a $250,000 bond.
Julia Locklear was out of town at a job in Virginia when “an arrangement” was made by her and her mother, 58-year-old Jackie Hunt Locklear, for the home to be burned by 46-year-old Jennifer Sanders, Duckworth said. Sanders was to be paid $100.
Julia Locklear’s sister, 35-year-old Chasity Renee Locklear, took Sanders to the home so she could set the home on fire, Duckworth said. Julia Locklear and her mother and sister then collected $22,000 in insurance money, he said.
Chasity Locklear, of 1992 Preston Road, is charged with second-degree arson, felony burning of personal property, and felony conspiracy. She is being held under $50,000 secured bond. Jackie Locklear, of 2104 Preston Road, is charged with solicitation to commit arson and felony conspiracy and is out of jail on a $25,000 bond.
Duckworth said Sanders never received the $100 she was promised. She was charged on Aug. 29 with second-degree arson, felony burning of personal property and felony conspiracy. She is out of jail on a $10,000 bond.
Duckworth said the initial investigation into the fire did not yield many clues — but a current investigation at a fire set at Chasity Locklear’s home led him to information that helped to piece the case together.
He credited firefighters from Smith’s and Queheel fire departments for a rapid response to the 2010 fire that “preserved the scene.”
“The house was really supposed to burn down, and it didn’t … it left me a lot of clues,” Duckworth said.