Third suspect charged in slaying of elderly Seagrove man
Posted October 30, 2014
Seagrove, N.C. — 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.