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Police Arrest Suspect in Robeson County Woman's Death

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RED SPRINGS — State law enforcement agents have caught the man they say was involved in the death of a Robeson County woman.

Police say Dane Locklear Jr. was involved in a fire that killed 45-year-old Frances Persad last Sunday.

Persad's body was found inside her burned-out Red Springs home.

SBI agents found her abandoned car Wednesday.

A tipster called the SBI after seeing Locklear's picture on TV Thursday, and Locklear was arrested at around 2:40 p.m. in rural Robeson County.

Locklear is being held in the Robeson County Jail without bond, charged with first-degree murder.

This is the second time Locklear has been charged with murder. He was a suspect in the murder of a UNC-Pembroke student, but charges were dropped in the Cindy Wheeler murder case when a witness could not be found.


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