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Third suspect charged in slaying of elderly Seagrove man

Posted October 30, 2014

Dannie Deddie Smith, 27, of Asheboro

— Moore County sheriff’s deputies said Thursday they have made a third arrest in the slaying of an elderly man whose body was found after an August house fire in Seagrove.

Dannie Deddie Smith, 27, of Asheboro, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Firefighters found Elden Kitson Vanderwal, 71, dead inside his home at 216 Brewer Road after responding to the blaze, which happened about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 23. An autopsy determined he was killed before the fire, but authorities have not said how he died.

Deputies on Wednesday arrested Jesse Levon Martin, 31, and Debra Raegan Dorsett, 23, both of Asheboro. They were each charged with murder.

Investigators would not comment Thursday on a possible motive for the homicide, but they said Dorsett was a former employee of Vanderwal, a well-known potter.

All three suspects were held in the Moore County Detention Center without bond, and a first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 25.


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  • Bo Hart Oct 30, 2014
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    yes , yes we do !

  • Cabe Merritt Oct 30, 2014
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    Cocaine is a powerful drug...

  • JohnnyVoodoo Oct 30, 2014

    Will this be viewed as a hate crime? Will this story gain national media coverage? Will there be protests and rioting in the streets? Will the Reverend Barber be setting up local rallies and making speeches? Silly rabbits, tricks are for kids... of course the answer is no to all of the above. Which leads to a final question... Why is that so, Johnny? Well, I think most of us know the answer to that now don't we?

  • Hecate Oct 30, 2014

    Hope they all turn on each other... and then get the death penalty. What could 3 of them possibly have to gain from killing a 71 year old man? We are wasting tax dollars keeping them around.

  • foodstamptrader Oct 30, 2014

    Took 3 of these losers to murder a 71 year old man? Will federal hate crime charges be filed since the killing was racial?

  • raphael27520 Oct 30, 2014

    He is just another "good child" who never, ever did nothin' wrong.

    A gentle giant .....

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 30, 2014

    "Dannie Deddie" I would continuously screw up that signature. Let us hope that these 3 will all be given the death penalty, but only IF they are first found guilty.

  • Edward Levy Oct 30, 2014
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    Most be some solid evidence to be held without bond. what a beautiful trio. Lets see who copes a plea deal. Hope their is a followup to this one by WRAL