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Woman found dead after calling 911

Posted December 16, 2008

— Cumberland County investigators arrested one person Tuesday after finding a 64-year-old woman slain in her home when they answered a call she made to 911.

Deputies responding to the call from Paulette Locklear found her dead in her home at 1213 Wilmington Highway on Tuesday afternoon.

No information about the cause of death or a motive for the slaying was released Tuesday afternoon.

The name of the person arrested in the case also wasn't released.

Family members told WRAL News that Locklear had hired a homeless man to help out with odd jobs around the house and that he was the person police arrested.

They said they didn't find anything missing in the house, so they don't know whether she was robbed. They said there was a lot of blood inside the house.

The case remains under investigation, authorities said.


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  • angora2 Dec 17, 2008

    Just what is the point of including the phrase about there being "lots of blood in the house?" This is sensationalism if I ever saw it.

  • Trixie Dec 17, 2008

    Unfortunately, many homeless people are also mentally ill.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Dec 17, 2008

    Prayers for the family.

  • luvmyjackrascal Dec 17, 2008

    This is just like the Meals on Wheels woman in Rocky Mount that was killed at Lakeside Baptist Church, while trying to find a homeless man shelter! He stabbed her to death!

  • Scubagirl Dec 17, 2008

    So sad. Prayers for the family.

  • speedracer_33 Dec 17, 2008

    Such a sad turnout when she called the people who were supposed to help her. I know cops can't be there all the time within minutes but this seems to be more and more common.

    It's unfortunate her good heart and kindness to someone in need turned out so tragically. My condolences to her friends/family.

  • Trivr Dec 16, 2008

    You never know who you're dealing with when you reach out to help these homeless people. I wish churches and others would have a greater emphasis on safety when doing such things.

  • ReddHott13 Dec 16, 2008

    Isnt it a shame that woman may have been trying to do a good deed and got killed for it??

  • Mom of two Dec 16, 2008

    How sad. You can not trust anyone and never let unknow people at your house.

  • teacher-mom Dec 16, 2008

    That is a shame. My sympathy to the family and loved ones.