Teen faces murder charge for slaying in December

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — A 16-year-old Pembroke resident was arrested today and charged with murder and other crimes in the death of Braxton Chavis Jr., a crime his father is also charged with.

Tony Cornelious Locklear Jr., of Pembroke, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and felony conspiracy, according to information from the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held at the Robeson County Detention Center without bond.

His father, Tony Cornelius Locklear Sr., 43, has also been charged with murder, first-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping in Chavis’ death, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Locklear Sr. also was wanted in connection to a death in Maine. He was arrested on March 2 in Alabama and extradited to Maine to stand trial in that case.

Chavis was found dead Dec. 4, 2017, in woods off Alma Road in Maxton. Deputies found the body after the Sheriff’s Office received a call that day from Braxton Dewayne Chavis, who told the 911 dispatcher he believed his father had been kidnapped.

Investigators went to 343 Chav-An Drive, where they uncovered information shortly before midnight that led them to the discovery of Chavis’ body less than one mile from his home. It was there that the investigation began.

The Chavis case remains under investigation and more arrests are possible.

The Robesonian received the information too late to get a photograph of Tony Cornelious Locklear Jr.

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Staff report