HOPE MILLS: Body recovered from river identified as missing teen - WFLA News Channel 8

Danielle Locklear's boyfriend admits to her murder

Posted: Updated: Apr 08, 2014 11:18 PM
A post on Je'Michael Malloy's Facebook page show his relationship with Danielle Locklear. A post on Je'Michael Malloy's Facebook page show his relationship with Danielle Locklear.
Danielle Locklear was last seen March 11, when she told her grandfather she was going to a friend’s house a block away. Danielle Locklear was last seen March 11, when she told her grandfather she was going to a friend’s house a block away.
HOPE MILLS, N.C. -

The former boyfriend of missing Hope Mills teenager Danielle Locklear admitted to killing her, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and Hope Mills Police Department announced Tuesday night.

Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler and Chief Joel Acciardo called an emergency press conference to announce Je'Michael Malloy's arrest as well as confirm that a body recovered April 2 from the South River was Locklear's.

Acciardo said Malloy, 17, killed the 15-year-old South View High School student the night of March 11. Earlier that night she left home after telling her grandfather she was walking to a friend’s house about a block away. That was the last time her family saw her.

Deputies arrested Malloy Tuesday evening, and he was charged with 2nd degree murder. A second suspect, Dominic Lock, 18, was also arrested. On Wednesday, his charge was updated to 2nd degree murder in Locklear's death.

Acciardo said the night of March 11 Locklear actually walked to meet Malloy just outside her neighborhood. He said investigators learned that Locklear and Malloy got into an argument that night. Malloy told investigators the argument turned violent and he choked Locklear to death and stuffed a sock in her mouth.

He said he and Lock then tied cinder blocks to her body and tossed her into the South River just south of Autryville. Malloy lives nearby on Highway 210. Law enforcement officers searched his home on Friday. They also searched Lock’s home near Deep Creek Road in Fayetteville on Friday.

On April 2, an off-duty Cumberland County sheriff’s detective spotted a body in the South River off Hollow Bridge Road, just south of Autryville. Acciardo said investigators were able to conclude the body was Locklear’s by the clothing she was wearing at the time of her disappearance and based on Malloy’s confession. Investigators made that conclusion without a final identification from the medical examiner's office. Acciardo said he had not received the medical examiner's report on the body Tuesday night.

Both Malloy and Lock are charged with second degree murder because investigators do not believe they planned the murder, authorities said. Malloy is expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday. Lock may also make his first appearance Wednesday. At that time a judge will decide whether to set a bond for either suspect.

Acciardo said other searches, including one at a home in Locklear’s neighborhood, did not result in any other suspects in the case.

Fellow classmates of Locklear's will hold a prayer meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday at South View High School.


RELATED STORIES
Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:20:30 GMT
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:32:25 GMT
    Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.