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Harnett woman dead; 17-year-old charged with murder

Posted June 26, 2009

— Harnett County deputies charged a 17-year-old with first-degree murder on Friday, one day after a 63-year-old Erwin woman was found dead in her mobile home.

Deputies responded to 109 Buckskin Lane around 10 p.m. and found Judy Barefoot McLeod lying on the floor. Harnett County EMS declared her dead. Authorities did not release her cause of death.

Larry Donnell McDougald 17-year-old charged in Harnett woman's slaying

On Friday, investigators arrested Larry Donnell McDougald, 17, and charged him with murder. They have not given a motive. He lived in the area, officials said.

Sheriff Larry Rollins said McLeod was killed Wednesday night, but she wasn't discovered until Thursday night when a neighbor came over to check on her.

Neighbor Patricia McNeill said she became concerned when she saw McLeod's lights on and her car gone. She then went to the front door to investigate.

"So I turned the knob ... and she was on the floor," she said.

McNeill said she's not sure how McLeod died.

Deputies later found McLeod's car in Faytetteville.

Neighbors said McLeod was divorced and had lived in the home for more than 20 years. In recent years, she had been battling breast cancer, they said. She lived alone.


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  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    His mother will know for sure now where he is act.......PRISON.

  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    And no, I'm not racist as I am not caucasian." So only caucasians can be racist? That statement is racist in and of itself. The fact that someone took the life of someone else is all that matters here

    It just shows the ignorance of the said person. Pay the person now mind. Ignorance is really bliss for some.

  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    This happens in all races. So no pot can call the kettle black. lol If you on board would learn not to point fingers and figure out a solution, then the world can be a better place.

  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    Life in prison for this murder. He will look absolutely pretty looking through the bars. Will the young generation ever learn.

  • teacher56 Jun 26, 2009

    All these comments about racism is sad. There is still white on black racism as well as black on white racism. Unfortunately, the black on white is not spoken of much. I am sick of both types. This poor woman was killed by some person who either is not taking meds regularly for his mental illness, or parents didn't want to pay for the meds, or parents are not looking after this kid properly. Bottom line is: PARENTS!!!!!

  • colliedave Jun 26, 2009

    Too bad the Supremes, looking unConstitutionally at other nation's laws, decided that slime such this one cannot receive the dirt-nap. They also used the same reasoning to decide child rapists could not receive the death penalty.

  • Jun 26, 2009

    "It not be his fault." ...priceless.

  • rcrdngcountry Jun 26, 2009

    start back using the death penality, it will slow this down.

  • Surething Jun 26, 2009

    ""And no, I'm not racist as I am not caucasian." "

    yes, and this is the common point of view, that if you arent white, you cant be racist, which is sickening because those same people are raising their children to have the same point of view. Yet again, it is an effort to blame someone else for your OWN plight, by labeling them as racists while in your mind thinking you can't be racist because of your melanin count. Again, it is sickening.

  • MellowMelnJC Jun 26, 2009

    Just think this 17 year old has no chance of getting the DP.