New Year's Eve Murder of RJ Lockwood Remains Unsolved
Six years ago, RJ Lockwood was found dead four days into the new year inside the Overtown loft where he was staying with friends. The last call that had been made from his cell phone was to 911 at 11:57 p.m. New Year's Eve.
At the crime scene, authorities came to the conclusion that Lockwood had died of a drug overdose. Not until January 7, 2004, did the county medical examiner determine that drugs hadn't been the cause of the death. A gunshot wound to the chest would send authorities into a frenzy into now trying to solve an apparent homicide.
Unfortunately, after discovering the body three days earlier, police had told Lockwood's roommate, Stefan VonFouts, to clean up the place after the body had been removed. This despite VonFouts' suspicion that somebody had been in the apartment with Lookwood.
New Times covered the murder mystery in a 2004 feature story, "Hardcore and Bleeding." To this day, Lockwood's murder remains unsolved, mainly because of the authorities' sloppy investigation at the scene.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.
- Florida Might Remove Confederate Flag From State Senate Seal
Thu., Oct. 15, 7:00pm
Thu., Oct. 15, 7:30pm
Sat., Oct. 17, 12:00am
Sat., Oct. 17, 10:00am
- First Speaker of the House From Florida? Rep. Dan Webster Considered Dark-Horse Candidate
- Local Entrepreneurs Create New, College-Only Social Network