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Raeford Police Chief Charged in Domestic Case

Posted November 13, 2007

— Police Chief Kevin Locklear was charged Tuesday in connection with an alleged assault on his estranged wife, authorities said.

Locklear, 41, of 408 E. 5th St. in Raeford, was charged with assault on a female, injury to personal property and domestic criminal trespass. He surrendered to Hoke County authorities Tuesday afternoon and was released from the county jail on a $2,000 secured bond.

The Raeford City Council suspended Locklear Tuesday morning as authorities investigated the case. He has served as police chief since January 2004.

Erlina Locklear was taken to a FirstHealth clinic in Raeford after she was allegedly assaulted at her home at 10 p.m. Monday. Clinic staff called authorities, and she was transferred to FirstHealth Moore Regional Medical Center in Pinehurst for treatment.

She told investigators that her estranged husband pushed her, causing her head to hit cement twice. He also grabbed her by the shirt and threw her onto the porch, she said.

Investigators said they found evidence of injuries to her to support the charges against Kevin Locklear, including a cut on her lower lip. They said they also found a broken yard ornament on her front porch.

Erlina Locklear's cell phone and charm necklace also were damaged, authorities said.

Kevin Locklear is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 4.


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  • PSPro Nov 14, 2007

    I bet this will not be overturned! I bet he does not remain as Police Chief in Raeford! Thanks for the information! I am glad I do not do my job like some others do their's.

  • faylum Nov 14, 2007

    PSPRO Chief Locklear was found guilty in the assault charge back in 1993 he appealed the verdict and it was overturned in superior court Fayetteville observer only told half the story. Also the assault occurred while on duty while making a arrest.

  • PSPro Nov 14, 2007

    I am trying to figure out how he was able to keep his law enforcement certification after being convicted of assault 15 years ago, and then able to become Police Chief???

  • isabella731 Nov 14, 2007

    NO ONE is above the law. He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and given the maximum punishment because he is a public servant and LE especially should know better. I think that in some situations, LE officers have gotten away with so much that they just assume they can do what they want. I would hope now, though, that the "blue wall of silence" doesn't apply so much anymore, and that they don't cover for each other.

  • DayumKrazy1 Nov 13, 2007

    he was looked at as one of the town leaders, to protect and serve, someone who is supposed to help with those types of matters...not provoke them. How he carries himself and does his job should make people feel safe and secure in thier town, that will not be the case from now on...I see them finding someone else to fill that position before long, its hard for people to let something like that go after its been exposed. He won't be trusted like before and the town will gossip until he either steps down or they ask for his resignation. Tough life but he could have avoided it!!!

  • craziecrafter Nov 13, 2007

    I agree he thought he was above the law and wouldn't get caught. Too bad for you buddy. Domestic Violance shouldn't be tolerated by anyone. And no one should think they are above the law.

  • rpd911 Nov 13, 2007

    Junk why is that funny?? I see nothing funny in this situation at all.

  • OD Norwood Nov 13, 2007

    Aah Chief you did a bad thing; cops gone wild!!

  • MOM AND LOVIN IT Nov 13, 2007

    As a victim of domestic violence... my thoughts are at least this guy was caught and couldn't lie his way out of it. It doesn't matter what your profession is ... there is NO excuse.

  • doubletrouble Nov 13, 2007

    Yes, you would have thought he would have known better, especially being in LE...but during such times emotions often run high and some are just not in a clear state of mind, LE or not. Men should not ever strike a woman, but it should also be noted, women shouldn't go out of their way to "push the buttons", if they don't need to either. Once you get into a screaming match, it time to walk away and cool off, for both genders, before someone goes to jail...or someone gets hurt.