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Second teen charged with murder in Hope Mills girl's death

Posted April 9, 2014

— Hope Mills police have filed an additional murder charge in the death of 15-year-old Danielle Locklear, whose body was found last week in the South River near the Cumberland-Sampson county line.

Authorities arrested Locklear's 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Je'Michael Malloy, and his friend, Dominic Lock, 18, on Tuesday after, police say, Malloy confessed to strangling the girl and tying her body to cinder blocks before tossing her into the river.

Lock, of Fayetteville, was initially charged with conspiracy for allegedly helping carry Locklear's body. Police dropped the conspiracy charge Wednesday and charged Lock with second-degree murder.

Authorities believe he stuffed a sock down Locklear's throat.

At a news conference Tuesday night, Hope Mills Police Chief Joel Acciardo said Locklear went to visit Malloy on March 11 and that the two got into an argument that turned violent. Locklear was killed and her body dumped that same night.

Malloy, of 7946 N.C. Highway 210 South, Autryville, also faces a charge of second-degree murder.

The teens were each jailed under a $100,000 bond and made a brief court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Locklear's family, gathered outside the courthouse afterward, called the crime "a senseless murder that had no business happening."

Her aunt, Chena Simmons, said they were shocked when police arrested Malloy, a Cape Fear Valley High School senior who joined the family in searches for Locklear before her body was found April 3.

"That's another thing that's so devastating to us – that he could just stand there with us, asking 'Is everything OK? Do you all feel OK?'" Simmons said.

According to his Facebook profile, he even "liked" the page "Find Danielle Lockler 'Dannie.'"

"This young man goes to church with us," she added. "He seemed like such a nice young man, and so it's one of those things that's unbelievable."

Locklear was a freshman at South View High School in Hope Mills, where grief counselors have been available for students since she disappeared.

Investigators still do not have a positive identification that the body found April 3 is Locklear's, but they based their conclusion off Malloy's confession and the clothes she was last seen wearing.


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  • Kathy Sanders Apr 11, 2014
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    WHY SUCH LOW BONDS? We should all be outraged!!!

  • Sadie Howard Apr 10, 2014
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    So I can go borrow 15,000 and get my son out on bond. Who is the judge that set this bond wow the family should have been protesting on this one really that's all he gets before trial to be able to walk around free to breathe fresh air daily. He could have killed dogs and got a higher bond than this and I don't have a dog in this fight but this is unreal.

  • 678devilish Apr 10, 2014

    Both should get life in prison and no chance of a parole ever. They both knew right and wrong; yet they chose to take her life. Now they should be allowed to sit in prisons for the rest of their life and see themselves grow old men. She deserve to life, but they took it away. Now the courts should take their life of freedom of away by locking them up for life.

  • Karen Brown Apr 10, 2014
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    1st degree murder is premeditated. He killed her during an argument, hence the 2nd degree murder charge.

  • brandy213122 Apr 10, 2014

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    He will get tried as an adult. The already said that he will be charged as an adult. He may plead out on 2nd degree murder but just because he is 17 doesn't mean he won't be tried as an adult, especially when they have alread stated that he will be charged as one.

    This generation is getting worse and worse. You have kids shooting in schools, kids stabbing in schools, kids killing teachers, kids luring their friends and killing them and then pretending to be not know what's going on. Its very scary and and it really makes me question allowing my children out of my sight on the fear of what some other kid may do.

  • Angel George Apr 10, 2014
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    First of all, my condolences to the family of the deceased...it truly is heartbreaking!

    Concerning the Facebook account and may I add, the person interviewed on the news how "shocking" it was that this ex-boyfriend was responsible for the murder...that part I'm having a hard time with...I did search Facebook for him and was appalled by the language, sickening indeed...and someone I would not want my daughters associated with...teenagers often fail to realize what will follow them in life and yes, what judgement can be made because of what they post. This young man showed no respect for women, so his church attendance wouldn't impress me...this victim was much too young to experience any of this, a premature death indeed.

  • jacamoe Apr 10, 2014

    Yes, this is what much of our young people without proper upbringing becomes. It's hard enough to keep kids on the right path that are brought up right. From what I heard from one of my friends that looked up this guy's facebook page about what was listed as his occupation would be enough to make anyone sick to their stomach. Maybe I'm just old but, I have never and will never have a facebook, twitter, etc. In my line of work, I am around a lot of young people and it is if the online status / image they have is the MOST important thing in their lives. Pathetic. Prayers and sympathy to this girls family and friends. God Bless You.

  • Jump1 Apr 10, 2014

    He is a juv so he will not get tired as an adult. They will offer a plea and that will be it.

  • Kaitlyn Legare Apr 10, 2014
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    "...or which shall be committed in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of any arson, rape or a sex offense, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, or other felony committed or attempted with the use of a deadly weapon shall be deemed to be murder in the first degree..."

    If they have any evidence that she was held against her will (kidnapped) at any point during this crime (which I find it impossible to believe that she was free to go after things got ugly), or was sexually assaulted (which I sincerely hope did not happen to her) then this rises to murder 1. I hope the DA is still considering all options in this case.

  • ncprr1 Apr 10, 2014

    Off to prison...It should be 1st degree murder, no question about it. Also, with aggravating circumstances, which means death penalty, for both. The DA must not want to be bothered.