Man accused in death of Anson sheriff's granddaughter appears in court

An Anson County man accused in the shooting death of the sheriff's granddaughter appeared in court Tuesday morning.
Roger Lee Rorie was assigned a court-appointed attorney.
His bond is set and $350,000. Rorie's next court date is April 14.
A search warrant released Tuesday showed the call came in at 3:21 a.m. Sunday, saying a young woman was shot.

Investigators found Smith laying on the floor of the bathroom unresponsive with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. Emergency officials took Smith to Peachland School, where she was taken by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center.

Items seized from the home include:

-22 caliber-long
-Black archangel gun
-Clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana
-Water bottle with hole on side and foil on top
-Black and white framed rose-colored glasses with suspected blood on lens
-Two .22 caliber bullets
-Multicolored marijuana pipe with bubble wrap
-Another bullet
-Two gunshot residue collection kits
An Anson County man has been charged in the shooting death of the sheriff's granddaughter.

Shaundasia Smith, 16, was killed Sunday morning when a rifle that discharged inside a home on Jim Hanna Lane just outside Wadesboro.  

Investigators said Smith was at a friend’s house where a man who was also visiting somehow fired a rifle he was holding.  

The bullet struck Smith in the head.

"They always slept over. It was just a God awful accident," said Angela McGowan, who lives in the home.

Because of the connection to Anson County Sheriff Landric Reid SBI investigators were called in.  

Agent Tony Underwood said there was no indication that the shooting was intentional.

"There's no evidence that shows there was any intent to harm the victim, but at this point the main question is how did the weapon fire," Underwood said.  

Detectives are still trying to answer that question, but still charged Roger Lee Rorie with involuntary manslaughter.  

Rorie is also charged with obstructing the investigation by allegedly trying to hide the rifle.  

 Smith was raised by Reid, who was elected sheriff for the first time in the fall of 2014.

Reid is the first African American to be elected sheriff in the county's history.

When he spoke to Channel 9 in January he said he’s proud of his historic standing, but he wants to be known as the best sheriff.

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