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Bond increased for ex-boyfriend in Hope Mills girl's death

Posted April 29, 2014

Je'Michael Malloy makes his first court appearance on April 9, 2014, a day after his arrest on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Danielle Locklear.

— The bond for a Sampson County teen charged with strangling his ex-girlfriend last month and dumping her body in a river was increased substantially Tuesday.

District Judge David Hasty set a $500,000 bond for Je'Michael Malloy, 17, of Autryville, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Danielle Locklear. Malloy's bond had been $100,000.

Prosecutors didn't provide any reason publicly for asking for the higher bond, but the motion came as Locklear's family and friends held a protest outside the Cumberland County Courthouse demanding stiffer charges against Malloy.

Locklear, 15, a freshman at South View High School in Hope Mills, disappeared on March 11, and her body was found April 3 in the South River near the Cumberland-Sampson county line.

Hope Mills police said Malloy has confessed to strangling Locklear during a violent argument, tying her body to cinder blocks and tossing her into the river.

Dominic Lock, 18, of Fayetteville, also is charged with second-degree murder in the case. Investigators said they believe he stuffed a sock down Locklear's throat and helped dispose of her body.

Lock was released after posting a $100,000 bond.

Locklear's family presented a petition with 6,000 signatures to the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday, seeking that the charges against Malloy be upgraded to first-degree murder and a higher bond be set.

"We want the bond increased. We don't want him to be able to get out," said Chena Papa, Locklear's aunt. "There's one that's already out right now. We don't want a chance for Je'Michael to be able to get out."

Rowna Fowler, Locklear's mother, said the family knows it will have to fight for what it believes is justice for her daughter.

"It's something that we're going to have to deal with," Fowler said. "All I have to say is I just love the support of my family and friends and the love from the community – from Fayetteville, the police department, everything – but justice will be done."

Locklear's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Manna Church on Cliffdale Road.


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  • 678devilish Apr 30, 2014

    Young people who have destroyed their life. Makes you wonder what kind of parents, other family did they have for them to go so far and take a life and be involved. When they get there, they will find that prison life is not all that and glamourous. They will wish they had that life back home.

  • btneast Apr 30, 2014

    I still say that 2nd degree murder is a joke. He needs the max penalty. Personally, I agree with you...but the DA's office has to go with how the law defines the different murder degrees, otherwise, they are setting themselves up for a defeat in court. 1st degree requires one prove premeditation beyond a reasonable doubt....and evidence to prove that soundly likely does not exist.

  • RDcallsit Apr 30, 2014

    what mindset do we have when we set Lock free on any bond. they strangled to death this young lady, stuffed a sock down her throat, tied cinder blocks to her and tossed her in a river. are we serious? a hundred thousand dollar bond? how about 10 million or no bond. this is just so wrong. this guy is out there doing whatever her wants to do after killing this girl? GET REAL justice system. I feel for the family and support them whole heartedly. Both men should be put on death row.

  • eoglane Apr 29, 2014

    Go Judge Hasty, thanks You always do a great job

  • disgusted2010 Apr 29, 2014

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    Has he plead guilty and had that plea accepted, if not then he is still presumed innocent AND bond exists only to assure attendance at court.

    I do not support murderers; however, punishing someone with out due process of law, as the family demands, is unconstitutional, illegal and immoral.

  • Veronica Hammond Apr 29, 2014
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    He confessed...

  • disgusted2010 Apr 29, 2014

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    Not standing up for a murderer, but the last time I looked we live in a democracy where people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Here the person, yes he is still a person, is obviously being punished without a trial or finding of guilty.

    The difference between those who advocate what you wrote and me is that I typically operate on fact and logic and they operate exclusively on emotion.

  • ncprr1 Apr 29, 2014

    I still say that 2nd degree murder is a joke. He needs the max penalty.

  • rsgolo Apr 29, 2014

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    $100k is low for a murder charge. It should have been higher. Nice job there, though, standing up for a murderer.

  • disgusted2010 Apr 29, 2014

    Must be election time for the judge, otherwise why would he pander to the family. A bond is to assure attendance at court, not a punishment as the family "spokesman" demanded.