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LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man has been charged with first-degree murder after shooting and killing a man he claims had broken into his home, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.

Dohn Caleb Bell, 26, was arrested Thursday at about 9:30 p.m., just more than an hour after sheriff’s deputies received a call that 33-year-old Billy Ray Locklear had been shot. Deputies found Locklear, who lived on Optimus Road in Pembroke, dead with a gunshot wound in the backyard of a home on the 5000 block of Union Chapel Road.

According to Sealey, the incident began on nearby Oakgrove Church Road, where Bell lives on the 5000 block.

Bell accused Locklear of breaking into his home and shot him, Sealey said. It appears Locklear then ran from the area, collapsing in the Union Chapel Road yard, according to Sealey.

Sealey said “several witnesses in the area” were interviewed before Lt. Reggle Strickland and Detective Forest Obershea made the arrest.

No one else was injured.

Sealey said no further information was available this afternoon and that an autopsy will be conducted either Saturday or Sunday.

Bell is being held at the Robeson County Detention Center with no bond.

Bell was previously charged with passing a worthless check. Locklear was jailed several times on charges of breaking and entering, larceny and forgery, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Anyone with information should call Strickland or Obershea at the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3100.

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