Police: Wife conspired with 2 men in husband's death

Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair
Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair
Sandy Locklear (Source: Horry County PD)
Sandy Locklear (Source: Horry County PD)
Odom Bryan Bryant (Source: Horry County Police)
Odom Bryan Bryant (Source: Horry County Police)
Nehemiah James Evans (Source: Horry County Police)
Nehemiah James Evans (Source: Horry County Police)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Horry County Police have identified two additional suspects in connection to the shooting deaths of a father and son over the weekend.

Sergeant Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, says 40-year-old Sandy Lee Locklear of Tabor City was arrested and charged with two counts of murder, burglary and filing a false police report on Monday after detectives identified her as a suspect.

Kegler explains that after following all the leads, detectives were able to determine that Locklear participated in the murders and conspired with two men to rob and kill her husband and his son.

Police have identified her co-conspirators and have issued warrants for the arrests of 28-year-old Nehemiah James Evans of Nichols and 22-year-old Odom Bryan Bryant of Tabor City for two counts of murder and burglary.

Nehemiah Evans is described as standing approximately 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighing around 187 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Odom Bryan Bryant is described to stand approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and weigh around 167 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Both men have been spotted in the Tabor City area recently. Anyone with information concerning their whereabouts can report anonymous tips to Horry County Police by calling 915-TIPS(8477).

As Horry County police worked to gather more details on the double homicide in Loris Sunday morning, neighbors told WMBF News they are scared of the area many of them have called home for decades.

According to Sgt. Kegler, two adults were dead from apparent gunshot wounds at a home on the 1100 block of Red Bluff Road around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

"You know what, if you're laying in the bed when something like this happens, what's, you know, they're liable to kill ya! You don't know. it's just terrible."

Tommy Dale Cox has lived on Red Bluff Road for 23 years, and just weeks ago he said his house was broken into and he was robbed of all his valuable jewelry. He said the crime on his street, is the worst he has ever seen.

"Things have been happening...in the last four months, we've had two break ins that we know of and that makes the third one down the road there," Cox said.

Less than a mile from the homicide scene, Hoyt Branson told the story about his run in with crime also just weeks ago.

"We got a phone call from the neighbor and the neighbor said that there was a man on her back porch trying to break in. So, I grabbed my rifle and run across.. And there's four men on the back porch trying to break in and she showed them her pistol and they jumped in the truck and started to go down the road. Well when they did that the guy in the back shot at me four times and then I returned fire," Branson said.

Nobody was hurt in that incident, but Branson said the four men got away and have not been caught. After Sunday's homicide, Branson said he realized he and his neighbor are the lucky ones.

"There's a lot of it going on. It's not anything new. That's probably what would've happened next door had I not gotten over there but fortunately it didn't happen and I hope they can catch somebody. We gotta stop this somehow. I don't know how," Branson said.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge has identified the men shot and killed in the home as 66-year-old Amos Hatfield and his son 40-year-old Thomas Howard Hatfield.

The autopsy results concluded the two men died from gunshot wounds, Coroner Edge adds.

This case is still active with the potential of more arrests, Kegler adds. We'll keep you updated on all the latest developments on WMBFNews.com.

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