Family of NC teen murder suspect speaks out for the first time

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The family of a Cumberland County teen charged with murdering his girlfriend is speaking out for the first time, WTVD reported.

Willie Malloy met with Danielle Locklear’s family Tuesday morning following a regularly scheduled hearing at the Cumberland County courthouse. Malloy is Je’Michael Malloy’s father. The now-18 year-old confessed to murdering 15-year-old Danielle Locklear nearly a year ago. He said he and his friend, 18-year-old Dominic Lock, disposed of the girl’s body in the South River. Malloy and Lock both face second-degree murder charges, as the district attorney’s office works toward a trial or plea deal hearing.

“I’ve been knowing the [victim’s] family a long time. I’m sorry,” said Willie Malloy. “Ain’t nothing I can say, but I’m just sorry. I’m sorry about all of this. Ain’t nothing I can do. I just wish it never would have happened.”

Malloy said his son was a “good kid,” and strong athlete. He also spoke of his son’s ambitions to join the Marines and become a sniper. He was set to join the service last June. Instead, he confessed to killing Locklear in March.

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