Sheriff’s office: 3 arrested, charged in ongoing Robeson County death investigation

Nakia & Shawn Locklear
Nakia & Shawn Locklear(Robeson County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 5:54 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 9:27 PM EST
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ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WMBF) - A death investigation is underway in Robeson County after a body was found on the bank of a ditch late Tuesday night.

Around 11:25 pm, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 1100 block of Old Red Springs Rd., in Maxton after reports of a body found along the ditch bank between two homes.

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said Joshua R. Hunt, 28, of Red Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Thursday night, the sheriff’s office announced three suspects have been arrested, including two adults and a minor. Nakia Gage Locklear, 18, Shawn Tobin Locklear Jr., 19, and an unidentified 16-year-old were arrested by Robeson County Investigators and SWAT operators.

All three suspects are charged with first-degree murder, felony conspiracy to robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.

Additionally, Nakia Locklear and Shawn Locklear are also charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Nakia Locklear and Shawn Locklear are being held at Robeson County Detention Center with no bond.

The minor is being held in the Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

“These senseless acts of violence continue in and around Robeson County,” said Sheriff Burnis Wilkins. “There is no way to predict when a crime such as this will occur, but when someone commits Murder, those responsible for it must be held accountable. A few witnesses cooperated and Detectives did a great job in collecting evidence to bring forth charges against these young men. Law Enforcement has done its part and the case is now in the hands of the judicial system.”

The case is being investigated by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Homicide and Criminal Investigations Divisions. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170 or 910-671-3100.

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