Raeford Police Chief Charged in Domestic Case
Posted November 13, 2007 5:35 p.m. EST
Updated November 13, 2007 6:36 p.m. EST
Raeford, N.C. — Police Chief Kevin Locklear was charged Tuesday in connection with an alleged assault on his estranged wife, authorities said.
Locklear, 41, of 408 E. 5th St. in Raeford, was charged with assault on a female, injury to personal property and domestic criminal trespass. He surrendered to Hoke County authorities Tuesday afternoon and was released from the county jail on a $2,000 secured bond.
The Raeford City Council suspended Locklear Tuesday morning as authorities investigated the case. He has served as police chief since January 2004.
Erlina Locklear was taken to a FirstHealth clinic in Raeford after she was allegedly assaulted at her home at 10 p.m. Monday. Clinic staff called authorities, and she was transferred to FirstHealth Moore Regional Medical Center in Pinehurst for treatment.
She told investigators that her estranged husband pushed her, causing her head to hit cement twice. He also grabbed her by the shirt and threw her onto the porch, she said.
Investigators said they found evidence of injuries to her to support the charges against Kevin Locklear, including a cut on her lower lip. They said they also found a broken yard ornament on her front porch.
Erlina Locklear's cell phone and charm necklace also were damaged, authorities said.
Kevin Locklear is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 4.