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Family of murdered Hope Mills teen holds silent protest

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Family members of Danielle Locklear held signs outside the courthouse Tuesday. Family members of Danielle Locklear held signs outside the courthouse Tuesday.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Supporters and family members of a murdered teen from Hope Mills met with the Cumberland County District Attorney on Tuesday morning after holding a silent protest outside the courthouse.

The protestors said they want a higher bond and a first degree murder charged for the teen accused of killing Danielle Locklear who was a 9th-grade student at South View High School. They held signs reading “Justice for Dannie” and “We Demand 1st Degree,” among other similar messages.

Je’Michael Malloy, 17, who is accused of choking Locklear to death and Dominic Lock, 18, who is accused of helping Malloy dump Locklear’s body in a river, were scheduled to have court hearings Tuesday. The D.A. and attorneys determined the appearances were not necessary, so neither defendant was in court.

The family members and supporter met in the D.A.’s office to deliver a petition asking the D.A. to charge Malloy with first degree murder. Family members said the petition had about 6,000 signatures.

D.A. Billy West said the meeting also allowed his office staff to explain the long legal process to the family. He said the next steps in the case could take six months to a year.

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Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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