2 charged in weekend murder

Sarah Willets Staff writer

December 4, 2013

LUMBERTON — Two arrests were made today in the shooting death of a 36-year-old Robeson County man, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

Comanche Brooks Locklear, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Chad Lowery, according to an arrest report. He is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon into occupied property, according to the report.

Christopher Michael Chavis, 37, is also charged with first-degree murder, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting took place at Chavis’ residence on the 100 block of Doe Trail in Lumberton, on the same block where Locklear lives, Thompson said. According to Thompson, an altercation broke out between Lowery and other people at the home.

The relationship between Locklear, Chavis and Lowery is unknown, Thompson said.

Law enforcement found Lowery lying dead in the road after responding to a 911 call from Locklear’s address at about 1 p.m, Thompson said.

Three other people, whose names have not been released, were also shot, Thompson said. They were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

Locklear’s bond is set at a total of $80,000, with no bond for the murder charge, according to the report. Chavis is being held without bond.

In 2008, Locklear was charged with assault on a female and carrying a concealed weapon. Lowery had an extensive criminal record, including several assault charges.

Previous articles in The Robesonian stated that Lowery lived on Emma Jane Road in St. Pauls. Thompson has since confirmed the address as Singletary Church Road in Lumberton. A break-in was reported at that home on Tuesday, but according to Thompson it was not related to the murder.