DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Andy Locklair has resigned from the Darlington County Sheriff's Office for failing to follow procedure in a murder investigation and trying to cover it up, according to Sheriff Wayne Byrd.
The resignation stems from the 2000 murder of Michelle Haggadone, which Locklair received an award in recognition of his work on the case. Read more, here: DCSO captain honored with Keeper of the Flame award.
In 2011, a DNA match led to a confession from John Wayne Boyer in the 2000 murder of Michelle Haggadone. Locklair, who was the case officer, failed to process the paperwork that would have enabled Boyer to be charged and returned to Darlington jurisdiction to stand trial.
"The moment I learned about this lapse, I took immediate steps to rectify the mistakes," Sheriff Byrd stated.
After being released from prison in North Carolina, and serving time for murder in Tennessee, Boyer will be returned to Darlington County and will stand trial for Haggadone's murder, according to Sheriff Byrd.
"While I am saddened by Mr. Locklair's conduct in this matter, our ability to charge Boyer, return him to this jurisdiction and try him was never in jeopardy or doubt and I am confident that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars," Sheriff Byrd said.
Locklair worked with the DSCO for more than 20 years.