2 charged in break-in where murder occurred

Sarah Willets Staff writer

December 10, 2013

LUMBERTON — Two men were arrested Tuesday for breaking into the home where a Robeson County man was killed during a shootout 10 days ago, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office

The arrests of Matthew McKinley Ross, 33, and Michael Christian Powell, 32, are not related to 36-year-old Chad Lowery’s Dec. 1 murder, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday from 210 Doe Trail in Lumberton, which is next door to the home where Lowery and three others were shot. The caller, whose name was not included in the the incident report, reported seeing a red vehicle in the area and hearing glass shatter, according to Thompson.

Deputies saw a broken window and activity inside the home at 182 Doe Trail where the shooting occurred, Thompson said, and found Ross, who lives on Marion Road in Lumberton, and Powell, of Stephens Street in Lumberton. Both were charged with felony breaking and entering and each is being held at the Robeson County jail on $35,000 bond.

Comanche Brooks Locklear, 25, of 178 Doe Trail, and Christopher Michael Chavis, 37, of 182 Doe Trail, were charged Dec. 4 with first-degree murder in Lowery’s death. Locklear is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon into occupied property.

A break-in was also reported at Lowery’s Singletary Church Road address on Dec. 3, but Thompson said that incident was not related to the murder.