N.C. woman on trial in fatal 2012 shootings of husband, his son at Loris home

The trial of a Tabor City, N.C., woman began this week on charges in connection with the shooting death of the woman’s 66-year-old husband and his 40-year-old son in 2012, according to authorities.

Sandy Lee Locklear, 41, was charged with two counts of murder and first-degree burglary in connection with the shooting deaths of Amos Hatfield, and his son, Thomas Howard Hatfield, authorities said.

Locklear’s trial began Monday with opening statements and witness testimony. The trial continues this week, said Brad Richardson, a senior assistant solicitor with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Horry County police charged Locklear and two other men, Nehemiah James Evans, 29, of Nichols, and Odom Bryant, 24, of Tabor City, who each are charged with two counts of murder and first-degree burglary in the incident.

Charges are pending against both men, whose cases will be adjudicated later. The men remain at J. Reuben Long Detention Center without bond.

Locklear also was charged with filing a false police report stemming from a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, according to records.

Amos Hatfield had purchased a home for Locklear, his wife, on Fair Bluff Road in Tabor City on June 12, but he resided with his son in another home he owned on Red Bluff Road in Loris, according to authorities.

The Hatfields were found dead from gunshot wounds about 4:30 a.m. Aug. 19, 2012, inside the home they shared.

After Evans’ arrest, police said they believed Locklear conspired with him and Bryant to rob and kill her husband and his son, Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said at the time of the arrests, which was soon after the shootings in August 2012.