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Teens charged with murder in Lumberton home invasion

Posted July 13

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— A 19-year-old and a 15-year-old have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Lumberton man following a May home invasion, authorities said Wednesday.

Billy Locklear, 57, died at WakeMed from injuries he received on May 31 when two men broke into his North Water Street home, authorities said.

Investigators determined the home invasion was connected to a May 30 break-in at another North Water Street home in which Ronald Brooks, 61, was severely beaten. He survived but was hospitalized for a while.

In addition to the murder charge, Gary Marquise Brooks and an unidentified juvenile were charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy.

Gary Brooks, who isn't related to Ronald Brooks, was being held without bond in the Robeson County jail, while the juvenile was being held in a separate facility.

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  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jul 13, 6:01 p.m.
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    Go ahead and just put them down, they're just wired bad. Leave them a chance to get out of prison and you will bury another innocent victim.