MOORE COUNTY, N.C. — Deputies in Moore County have arrested two people in connection with the murder of Elden "Kit" Vanderwal, a potter who owned a shop in Seagrove.
Jesse Levon Martin, 32, and his girlfriend Debra Raegan Dorsett, 23, both of Asheboro, were arrested Wednesday morning at Martin's home in Montgomery County.
Dorsett was a former employee of 71-year-old Vanderwal.
Firefighters responded to Vanderwal's home in Moore County the morning of Aug. 23. The fire destroyed both his home and his nearby pottery studio.
Autopsy results led investigators to rule his death a murder.
Martin has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Moore County Detention Center with no bond. Martin is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 25.
Dorsett is charged with murder and is also being held in the Moore County Detention Center with no bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 25.