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Police Say Story About Cause Of Woman’s Death Fabricated

November 10, 1988

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) _ Police said a woman whose daughters told them she died after being beaten by two thugs attempting to take $11 she planned to spend on Christmas gifts was not attacked and actually died of a heart attack.

Fairfield police said Wednesday that their investigation found that Shirley Lockett, 47, of Birmingham received a head injury Saturday during an argument with a man she had been dating, not in the parking lot of a Fairfield store as her daughters reported Monday.

″The story is not true,″ Fairfield police Sgt. Jack Woods said. ″I’m not sure if the mother told the story to her daughters or if the daughters made it up, but it is not true.″

Mrs. Lockett was hospitalized after a man she had been dating for about two years hit her, Woods said. Mrs. Lockett apparently fell during the scuffle at a motel and hit her head on a bed, he said.

Mrs. Lockett was admitted to a hospital for treatment of the head injury. She died of an unrelated heart attack Monday afternoon, Woods said.

Woods said the boyfriend would not be charged.

Mrs. Lockett’s daughters, Sharon Lockett, 22, and Marcella Agee, 26, said Monday their mother told them she was beaten by two men at a department store parking lot.

Sharon Lockett said her mother told her the men tried unsuccessfully to take her purse before they were chased away by bystanders.