Arrest made in Maxton deaths

By: Staff report

MAXTON — An arrest has been made in the death of a child and an adult whose bodies were found near Maxton.

“This is an open investigation,” Sheriff Ken Sealey said Tuesday. “We have made an arrest.”

Walter Woodrow Locklear, 27, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder. Locklear, whose address has not been released, made his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

Sealey said the deaths are being treated as homicides. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is helping in the investigation.

The identities of the two slain people have not been released.

The body of the 22-year-old man was found near a pond off of McGirt’s Bridge Road and Modest Road, according to television station WPDE. The child’s body was found hours later inside a burned pickup truck off Modest Road. The bodies were found about a mile apart.

This is not Locklear’s first run-in with the law.

Woodrow was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a class one misdemeanor, in 2012. He was convicted of the crime in 2015 and put on probation while serving a suspended sentence and was ordered to perform community service.


Staff report