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Man to be sentenced for raping, killing grandmother

Posted December 12, 2008
Updated December 18, 2008

— A Maxton man convicted of raping and killing his 69-year-old grandmother will find out if he will face the death penalty.

Earlier this week, a Robeson County jury found James Junior Blue guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree rape and armed robbery in the death of Shirley Locklear.

Prosecutors plan to ask for the death penalty when sentencing continues Monday.

Prosecutors said that Blue, who was 29 at the time, 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 from 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.

While awaiting trial, Blue allegedly sexually assaulted another inmate in the Robeson County Jail in 2007.

Before his arrest for his grandmother's murder, Blue had a lengthy criminal record in Robeson, including multiple convictions for breaking-and-entering and larceny, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • teacher-mom Dec 12, 2008

    This is one sick individual.

  • ghimmy51 Dec 12, 2008

    "Blue had a lengthy criminal record.." A perfect example of a failed justice system and the kind of people walking around in our lives.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 12, 2008

    Mr. James Junior Blue, I hearby sentence you to prison for the rest of your physically able life.


  • Autumn Dec 12, 2008

    What a horrible monster to do that to anyone, let alone his sweet grandmother, who probably helped raise him! I hope he gets justice quickly!!!! I also know this dear lady who had her life so tragically taken away from her is resting in heaven.

  • Miss.Lady Dec 12, 2008

    This man needs to be put away for good. They should seek the death penalty. He is a terrible person. Your very own grandmother makes no sense. Or anyone for that matter. He has issues.

  • All child molesters should die Dec 12, 2008

    Sick. He deserves to die. He can be of no service to society, as his track record proves that. What must've been going through his grandmothers head, when this was happening to her. So, so sad.


  • are you kidding me Dec 12, 2008

    please get started on that death process!

  • veyor Dec 12, 2008

    "Blue had a lengthy criminal record". Use the bailout money to build more jails.

  • patriotsrevenge Dec 12, 2008

    "A Maxton man convicted of raping and killing his 69-year-old grandmother will found if he will face the death penalty.

    Is there an editor around?

  • garnertoy Dec 12, 2008