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PD: Woman arrested in 2016 murder of missing Phoenix man

Posted: 12:41 PM, Mar 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-22 23:37:20Z

A woman was arrested Wednesday for her involvement in a 2016 murder. 

Phoenix Police report that on June 6, 2016 , Reginald Locke, 73, was reported missing by his girlfriend. The next day, she found his restrained body in the closet of his home near 24th and Roosevelt streets. His body showed signs of trauma, police said. 

Police say an investigative lead pointed to a person named “Sugar” and an accomplice who was to rob Locke after “Sugar” distracted him by offering herself for sex. 

In September of 2017, Jerri Joellen Kindelay, 46, came forward saying she was there when Locke was murdered. She reportedly told police that she was there to clean the house and another man walked in behind her. 

Police say it was later learned that Kindelay’s nickname is "Sugar" and her DNA was found on the victim’s nail clippings. 

Police located and arrested Kindelay on Wednesday in Mesa where she allegedly admitted to gaining access to the home by offering sexual favors and witnessed the accomplice beating, tying up and putting Locke in the closet. 

They then stole a truck and she was given $500 for her silence. 

Kindelay is being held on a $1,000,000 bond for first-degree murder.