Search warrants reveal new details in death of Anson County sheriff's granddaughter

Granddaughter of Anson County Sheriff accidentally shot
Roger Lee Rorie Jr (Source: Stanly Co Sheriff's Office)
Roger Lee Rorie Jr (Source: Stanly Co Sheriff's Office)

ANSON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Marijuana and a gun were taken from the home where the granddaughter of the sheriff of Anson County was shot to death, according to search warrants obtained by WBTV on Tuesday.

Roger Lee Rorie Jr, 22, is being held in the Stanly County jail. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and obstruction of justice.

In a court appearance on Tuesday morning, Rorie, Jr., was given a court appointed attorney and had a bond set at $350,000.

Shaundasia Smith, granddaughter of Anson County Sheriff Landric Reid, was fatally shot in the head early Sunday morning.

The 16-year-old was a junior at Anson New Technology High School, but played volleyball for Anson High School.

More than 24 hours after Sunday Morning's fatal shooting, detectives with the State Bureau of Investigation were back at the crime scene conducting interviews and gathering evidence.

Search warrants obtained on Tuesday at the Anson County Clerk of Court's office show that investigators seized a Mossberg .22 caliber long gun that included a gun stock configuration known as "Archangel," and specifically listed on the inventory as as an "Archangel gun."

A black gun case, scope, and gun guard were also seized, according to the inventory list included in the search warrants.

Investigators listed a plastic bag containing what is believed to be marijuana, as well as several "glass smoking devices" that are normally used with illegal drugs.

Other items seized on Monday and listed on the inventory included Shaundasia Smith's wallet, glasses, and clothing, a black bandana, and towels.

There is no indication  in the warrants as to the suspected owner of the drugs or the guns.

While that search was going on Monday, friends who knew Shaundasia Smith offered comfort during their grief-stricken moments.

One neighbor, who didn't want her name used, told WBTV that Shaundasia "was always outgoing and like the life of the party. Always made you laugh."

Investigators have not said what role Rorie is believed to have played in the death. Monday afternoon, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) conducted interviews at the home where Smith was found.

During the day, the curious drove by the weekend crime scene asking how, why and explaining their pain.

Rosa Conrad of Wadesboro knew Smith's family.

"She was a good girl," Smith said. "So I'm very sad because it's our children. We see our children going through this, and I have daughter and I constantly tell her to take it easy."

When word spread across the school district, those who knew Shaundasia said students took the news hard.

"Everybody knew her. Everybody was crying, and it shook a lot of people up," one student at Anson County High said.

The SBI is assisting in the case "due to the serious circumstances of this incident and relationship of the victim to Sheriff Reid," officials said in an email. That is why Rorie was taken to the Stanly County jail.

Sources close to the investigation said that the sheriff's granddaughter was fatally shot at a friend's house. Deputies have not confirmed that information.

The SBI says the investigation is ongoing

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