Deputies: Man suspected of violent beating hours after brother's death

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - Cabarrus County deputies said a Charlotte man is charged with assault with a deadly weapon in a violent beating that came hours after he learned that his brother had died of a possible drug overdose.

Deputies were first called to a home on Starwood Drive, just north of Interstate 485, Tuesday afternoon where they found David Locklear, 31, dead.

They said his death appears to have been from an overdose, but they are waiting for toxicology reports to say for sure.

Several hours later, deputies were back at the house when they said David's brother, Daniel Locklear, is suspected of attacking David's roommate, Jason Armstrong, 21.

Investigators found a 2x4 at the crime scene that may have been involved in the beating.

Deputies have not released details of the attack, or a motive, but Armstrong was in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte Wednesday evening.

Eyewitness News tried to contact Locklear Wednesday, but he did not return phone calls.

Neighbors in the community near Harrisburg told Eyewitness News that the brothers had been in trouble there in the past.

A check of arrest records shows that both had been arrested several times.

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