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3 men charged in connection to man found dead in woods near Maxton

Stephenson Locklear, charged with first-degree murder. Source: Robeson County Detention Center Stephenson Locklear, charged with first-degree murder. Source: Robeson County Detention Center
Mark Elliott Smith, charged with accessory after the fact to a felony. Source: Robeson County Detention Center Mark Elliott Smith, charged with accessory after the fact to a felony. Source: Robeson County Detention Center
Michael Keith Locklear, charged with accessory after the fact to a felony other charges from a seperate incident. Source: Robeson County Detention Center Michael Keith Locklear, charged with accessory after the fact to a felony other charges from a seperate incident. Source: Robeson County Detention Center

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – One man has been charged with murder, and two other men were charged as accessories in the death of a 41-year-old man whose body was found in the woods near Maxton on Friday morning.

Gregory Locklear was found dead at about 10 a.m. Friday after the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office received information about a body in the woods off Alma Road near the railroad tracks, according to a news release from the office. The body appeared to have been in the woods for days. An autopsy revealed that he was shot and died from his injury.

Stephenson Lewis Locklear, 23, of Maxton was arrested on Sunday and charged with the first-degree murder of Gregory Locklear. Stephenson Locklear was booked into Robeson County Detention Center, and as of Monday afternoon, is being held with no bond.

Mark Elliott Smith, 26, of Red Springs, was arrested Sunday and charged with accessory after the fact to a felony in connection with Gregory Locklear’s death. As of Monday afternoon, Smith was being held at the Robeson County Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond.

Michael Keith Locklear, 31, of Maxton, was arrested on Saturday and also charged with accessory after the fact to a felony in connection with Gregory Locklear’s death. Michael Locklear was also placed at the Robeson County Detention Center.

Michael Locklear is facing additional charges for allegedly shooting into an occupied dwelling on Saturday, according to a news release from the RCSO. Michael went into a residence on Inez Drive, looking for Stephenson Locklear. A fight broke out between Michael Locklear and another man, with Michael Locklear saying “he knew they were told everything,” the release states.

Michael Locklear then left and threatened to come back with a gun, which he did, according to the release. He then shot into the residence multiple times while it was occupied with adults and children. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property in connection with this incident. Bond for these charges was set at $1 million.

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