Boyfriend is suspected of killing live-in girlfriend

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, March 17, 2013

KEYSVILLE, Ga. (WRDW) -- Two families in Keysville are not with their loved ones right now -- with one woman dead and her boyfriend charged with her murder.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office responded to a call around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived at the trailer off of MLK Road, they found 24-year-old Charlotta Lockhart unresponsive on a couch. Her live-in boyfriend has been charged with her murder and is currently in the Burke County Jail.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Dexter Alexander Anderson could be in jail for a long time, and murder won't be his only charge.

He'll also be facing felony obstruction of a police officer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Sgt. Sean Cochran is one of the investigators in the murder of 24-year-old Charlotta Lockhart. He says Anderson would have not been charged with the additional crimes if he only would have let deputies do their job when they arrived at the trailer.

"He fought with officers their on the scene while they were trying to help her and calm him down. They ended up taking him into custody and he was transported to Burke Medical Center," Cochran said.

Anderson had to be taken to the hospital for his outburst when deputies arrived.

"He was very extremely aggressive. Very violent at the time. He was knocking windows out of his home," Cochran said.

Something his grandmother says is hard to believe.

"Very surprising because he was always a clean young man. I don't know what could have happened," said the suspect's grandmother, Mary Smith.

And while Smith is trying to figure out what happened, deputies say they have a pretty good idea.

"She was pronounced dead from at least one gunshot wound to the head, that we know of," Cochran said.

And while investigators are putting the pieces together of what happened, Anderson's grandmother says she's hurting for her grandson and has a message for the victim's family.

"You have our sympathy and I love Nuck [the victim's nickname]. She was a wonderful person. I'm sorry," Smith said.

The Burke County coroner told News 12 that Lockhart's body will be taken to the Crime Lab in Augusta Monday morning and the official cause of death could come soon after that.


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