RAEFORD — The case of the fatal shooting of a Red Springs police captain’s fiancee has been turned over to the Hoke County district attorney.
A spokeswoman for the State Bureau of Investigation said that agency completed a report on the death of Amanda Graham Barker, 29, who died Aug. 10 of a gunshot wound to the head. She was found on the floor of a bedroom in the Covington Avenue home she shared with her fiancee, Red Springs police Capt. Kevin Locklear, authorities said.
The report was delivered to District Attorney Kristy Newton this week. Newton, who could not be reached for comment, would make the decision on whether any charges were to be filed.
Locklear was chief of police for Raeford from 2007 until 2009, when he was fired after being charged with assaulting his ex-wife, according to previous reports. The charges were dismissed when Locklear agreed to court-ordered treatment and counseling.
Red Springs police Chief Ronnie Patterson said Locklear was on leave immediately following Barker’s death and returned to work about three months ago.
According to an affidavit, Locklear and Barker were arguing in the minutes leading up to her death. Locklear told investigators he was in a different room of the house when he heard two gunshots, and found Barker lying on the floor, according to the affidavit.
Police said in the affidavit that Barker was shot with Locklear’s service revolver. Locklear’s police-issued gun belt with an empty holster was found on the bed, according to the affidavit.
Barker was a dispatch supervisor with the Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services, and had an 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. The children were not at the home when Barker died, according to previous reports.
The SBI handled the investigation because of Locklear’s position in law enforcement.