Victim in Yadkin County shooting is former county commissioner; fourth suspect captured

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Trevor Lee Dillard
Trevor Lee Dillard

Update 8 p.m. -- Detectives with the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Trevor Lee Dillard.

Dillard, 25, was arrested in Lincoln County with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office  and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

He is charged with kidnapping, larceny of a firearm, attempted first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy breaking and entering, felony larceny and breaking and entering.

Dillard was placed in the Yadkin County Detention Center under a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court March 25.


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HAMPTONVILLE, N.C. -- Family members have identified the victim of last week’s shooting in Yadkin County as Chris Groce; a well-known businessman and former Yadkin County commissioner.

Last Thursday around 11:20, Groce was shot while checking on a neighbor’s home on Highway 21 in Hamptonville, after seeing something suspicious and calling 911. Deputies say the suspicious activity was a break-in in progress.

“He just got put into a position where he was trying to help somebody and got shot for his trouble,” said longtime friend Larry Adams, who is also a former Yadkin County magistrate. “I hate it for him.”

Groce’s father told FOX8 that Chris was shot at least three times, including once through his intestines and once in his arm, severing an artery and shattering bones.

“A true friend, a southern gentleman, would do anything in the world for you,” Adams said, of Groce. “Character’s impeccable. Fine man.”

Groce’s family said he is in critical, but stable condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Three people have been arrested in connection to the crimes.

Crystal Dawn Harris was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy breaking and entering of a building and larceny.

Beverly Geraldine Parker was arrested and charged with conspiracy breaking and entering of a building and larceny.

Roger Phillip Swope, 34, of Elkin, has also been arrested. He faces charges of kidnapping, larceny of a firearm, attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy breaking and entering, felony larceny and breaking and entering.

Additional charges have been issued for a fourth accomplice in the investigation. Trevor Lee Dillard, 25, of Newton, is wanted for attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Dillard was last known to be in a 1997 dark red Honda Accord with a North Carolina registration of BFC2390. Dillard should be considered armed and dangerous.

“He [does not] need to be on the street,” Adams said. “He needs to be locked up somewhere.”

The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information in regards to the investigation to please contact them at (336) 679-4217.

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