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Man convicted of raping, killing grandmother loses appeal

Posted October 7, 2010

— A Maxton man who raped and killed his 69-year-old grandmother in 2005 has lost an appeal challenging his conviction.

James Junior Blue, 33, was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree rape and armed robbery in the death of Shirley Locklear. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors said that Blue became angry when his grandmother refused to lend him money. He hit Locklear with a piece of wood and a cooking pot, choked her with a cord from a tape recorder and then raped her.

Blue took $200 from underneath her mattress to spend on crack cocaine, prosecutors said.

Locklear's body was found in a ditch near Blue's home Nov. 8, 2005. Two days earlier, other family members reported her missing after she failed to show up to a nephew's birthday party.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Blue received a fair trial.


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  • peppercorns Oct 8, 2010

    "The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Blue received a fair trial. " NO he didn't....his grandmother died in fear,shock and horror. A fair trial would have meant he got the same. Now he gets 3 meals a day, ac/heat. free medical, clothing and cable.

  • itsmyownopinion Oct 8, 2010

    What an evil man.

  • boingc Oct 8, 2010

    "Well, about a year ago we released 27 "life sentence" inmates into the wild, all this guy has to do is wait, he might get out in time to rob and rape his mother." Milkman

    Milkman -- No, we didn't release them -- the state managed to stop that from happening.

  • Tiffany2007 Oct 8, 2010

    If this was Texas, he would have gotten the death penalty.

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  • wildcat Oct 8, 2010

    He got exactly what he deserved.....life in prison without parole.

  • reincarnatedasme Oct 7, 2010

    Should have gotten death. It appears from what i'm reading that he killed her first, then raped her. And his own kin!!!

  • donnaferguson Oct 7, 2010

    One sick puppy.

  • rescuefan Oct 7, 2010

    How disgusting. Not only did he rape a woman old enough to BE his grandmother, but he actually raped and murdered his OWN grandmother? This man doesn't ever need to see the light of day again.

  • doubletrouble Oct 7, 2010

    Lets just rid society of these low-lifes, for good. I know prisons, lawyer appeals, prison services provide jobs, but come on, there are plenty of room to keep the non violent ones locked up for smaller crimes. The rest, like this gentleman...we, as a society, can do without them. They are a waste of resources, and the very BEST they could do for society, would be to become fertilizer.