Suspect Arrested in 1981 Cold Case Murder

Suspect Arrested in 1981 Cold Case Murder

Michael Anthony Locklin

LOS ANGELES – Nearly 36 years ago, sometime between August 13 and 16 of 1981, 37-year-old insurance adjuster Michael Thomas was killed in his home while being robbed.

When Thomas did not show up for church, and then for work, his body was discovered at his home in the 4600 block of Santa Barbara Boulevard.

His murder has remained unsolved until now.  However, through DNA evidence investigators have finally identified a suspect in the crime.

61-year-old Michael Anthony Locklin, who was 25 years old at the time of the crime, and is currently a registered sex offender, was arrested and charged with one count of murder. He had been arrested on July 8, 2015 for a felony parole violation.

Thomas was the brother of LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.  Santa Barbara Boulevard has since been renamed as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Locklin faces either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. No bail amount has been offered.

 

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