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Former Raeford police chief's fiancée shot to death

Posted August 11, 2011

— The fiancée of a former Raeford police chief was found shot to death late Wednesday, and investigators were trying to determine if her death was a homicide or suicide.

Kevin Locklear told investigators that he was in a different room in the house, at 209 Covington Ave. in Raeford, when his 30-year-old fiancée, Amanda Graham Barker, shot herself, police said.

Current Raeford Police Chief Eddie Jaggers asked the State Bureau of Investigation to assist with the case.

"Any time you have a case where you have unknown circumstances – you don't know all the details of what was happening right before or during – it makes it a little harder to solve because the person that could tell you everything can't tell you anything," Jaggers said.

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Locklear was fired as Raeford's police chief in December 2007, two days after domestic-related assault charges were dismissed against him. The reason for his firing was not released.

He was charged in November 2007 with assault on a female, injury to personal property and domestic criminal trespass after an alleged assault on his then-wife. Erlina Locklear told investigators that he pushed her, causing her head to hit cement twice. He also grabbed her by the shirt and threw her onto the porch, she said.

Charges were dropped after Kevin Locklear agreed to complete court-ordered treatment.

Jaggers said the 2007 case has nothing to do with Wednesday's shooting.

Locklear is currently a captain with the Red Springs Police Department in Robeson County. Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said that Locklear's status with the department hasn't changed and that he has been given some time off to take care of his family.

Patterson said Locklear has been with Red Springs police for about a year and a half and has had no problems.

Barker was a dispatch supervisor for Cumberland County EMS who had an 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Relatives called her beautiful, smart and a great mother.

Neighbors said she and Locklear had lived in the home for about two years and that they never heard any arguments.

A friend took the children to the movies Wednesday night, so they weren't home when Barker died, a neighbor said. It was unclear who was caring for the children Thursday.

Locklear's cousin, Tonya Locklear, said he loved his fiancée and that the couple was doing fine.

"Going to church and playing the piano and him loving God the way he does, I just knew he didn't take her life," Tonya Locklear said. "A lot of people in the community should get all the facts straight before they start judging someone, because that’s just not right."


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  • OpinionatedMama Aug 18, 2011


    Maybe you should learn to comprehend. "DISMISSED" doesn't mean he was found guilty

  • susanparker262 Aug 17, 2011

    Wrong Susan sweetheart. I am 21 yrs old. Like i said you DON'T know me. Fired from what and where??? I use to work at a hotel but i quite bc my husband is in the Army. I have NOTHING against Kevin. Get over yourself and look around you. Only time will tell. I am so NOT gunna argue with you dear. Wrong Susan lol. Try again!

  • rpslucky Aug 16, 2011

    yes, GOD will see everyone through this. He knows and sees everything, this has not been confirmed suicide yet. Amanda is not here to defend herself. There are questions that are unanswered. According to the news article Mr Locklear's past charges had been dropped, after he agreed to attend counseling and treatment, so I gather from that, he was guilty of that incident. What I read in the newspaper is facts. What I hear out and about are not really facts. We are all children of GOD. It's great that we go to church, participate in the church, etc....we should. Some people have a Jeckall and Hyde personality too. If Mr Locklear did not do this, and he knows, then he has nothing to worry about. Mr.Locklear has a lot of support from he church and his family. Let's remember Amanda too, if she did not do this, think what is must be doing to her family to hear that she did? We need to stop some of these childish comments and let the SBI do their job.

  • littlewiskeegrl Aug 15, 2011

    Susanparker: I figured out who you are and why u don't like the Captain..'cause you got what???? FIRED..now who's one to talk? @ drakula: they're not going to arrest him. He didn't do anything. @jlmcnei2: plenty ppl lose their jobs because of false accusations..Just sayin'...

  • drakula_ig_r Aug 12, 2011

    Have they arrested the bf yet?

  • jlmcnei2 Aug 12, 2011

    @littlewiskeegrl: No one loses their job because of a false accusation. Just sayin'...

  • jlmcnei2 Aug 12, 2011

    Praying for all the people involved.

  • susanparker262 Aug 12, 2011

    Truth will come out!! That's all i am gunna say :) Have a nice dayy

  • littlewiskeegrl Aug 12, 2011

    Susanparker262: You went to hoke high and you were talking to a friend and??? You know nothing and yes, the TRUTH will come out. You didn't know Kevin and his other wife so don't comment on that...charges DROPPED!!! Most of the ppl you talk to are.....well, I just won't say on here.
    Praying for you & the family Kevin. I know your heart is breaking but God will see you through this. He always does!

  • susanparker262 Aug 12, 2011

    I understand there is gunna be a lot of people saying he is guilty. Because you don't wanna beleive its true. I doubt The violent part is hear say. Why would she make up a lie about that. Charger's were dropped, well maybe she was scared of him. No one really know's. I have my opinion and i am NOT gunna change it just bc's someone doesn't like it. But the truth will come out.