Third suspect in double homicide captured in NC

vgrooms@thesunnews.comSeptember 19, 2012 

— U.S. marshals arrested the final of three suspects wanted for a double homicide last month in Loris, according to Horry County police.

Officers found Odom Bryant, 22, of Tabor City, N.C., in Columbus County, N.C. on Tuesday night and arrested him, according to Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department. Bryant is in custody there awaiting extradition to Horry County, where he will be charged with two counts of murder and one count of burglary.

He and two others are suspected in the Aug. 19 killing of Amos Hatfield, 66, and his son Thomas Hatfield, 40, who were shot to death in their home on Red Bluff Road.

The first suspect police arrested was Amos Hatfield’s wife, Sandy Lee Locklear, 40. She was arrested within 48 hours of the killings.

Police said she was in the house at the time of he slayings and is suspected of conspiring with Bryant and Nehemiah Evans, 28, who also is charged in the deaths.

Locklear is charged with burglary and filing a false police report. Evans turned himself in to police on Aug. 22, and is charged with two counts of murder and one count of first degree burglary.

Hatfield and his son had shared the home where they were killed, but the senior Hatfield had purchased a home for his wife in Tabor City, N.C. on June 12.

After Locklear’s arrest, her neighbors said she had kept to herself since moving the Tabor City home.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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