NC man cleared in 2011 murder is found dead in running car

Taurus Locklear in a photo from Twitter.

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WBTW/WNCN) – The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after a man’s body was discovered inside a running car on Woodland Avenue early Friday morning.

Taurus Locklear, 29, of Bertha Jones Road in Rowland died from gunshot wounds, Robeson County Major Anthony Thompson said.

The Robesonian newspaper reported that Locklear spent 4 1/2 years in prison for a 2011 murder in Fairmont before the charge was dropped last year.

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Thompson said Locklear was discovered after a call was received on Friday at 12:51 a.m. about a suspicious vehicle being parked behind a home on Tanya Lane in Lumberton.

Deputies with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and found a vehicle on Woodland Avenue with the engine running and headlights on.

Upon checking the vehicle, Locklear was found inside. The death is being investigated as a homicide.

Locklear was charged in the March 13, 2011 shooting death of Brandon Lee Hunt, The Robesonian reported.

Anyone with information can call 910-671-3100.

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