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Pembroke girl stabbed three times before house set ablaze

Posted October 8, 2009 11:39 a.m. EDT
Updated October 8, 2009 9:04 p.m. EDT

— A 13-year-old Robeson County girl found dead in a burning home was stabbed three times, including once in the chest, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

Erica Denise Locklear and her mother, Delilah Locklear, 51, were found dead inside a bedroom of their Pembroke home on July 12.

Authorities said the fire was likely an attempt to cover up the crime. The autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill found that Erica Locklear was dead prior to the fire.

Her mother's autopsy has not been released.

Authorities have not announced any new information in the case, but the State Bureau of Investigation had been assisting with the investigation.