26-year-old Sylvester Lamar Watson, Jr. of Logan Street in Shelby, 24-year-old Angel Dawn Blankenship of Marcus Drive in Granite Falls and 24-year-old Salena Fox Smith of 5th Avenue N.W. in Taylorsville have all been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to an April 7 shooting. Watson was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and felony conspiracy. Blankenship and Smith were both charged with felony conspiracy, felony accessory before the fact and felony accessory after the fact.
In the early morning hours on April 7, Sheriff’s Officers, along with EMS and Rescue personnel, responded to an address on Rocky Springs Road in Hiddenite to investigate a shooting. The victim was shot through the window of her residence. Inez Maria Kim was shot in the upper left thigh.
On Friday, May 9, after a month-long investigation, Investigators charged Watson with shooting Kim. Investigators learned that Watson had gone back to his father’s residence in Shelby. Through a joint effort, Shelby Police arrested Watson Saturday (May 10) at his residence without incident. Watson is currently being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Alexander County to face the charges against him.
On Monday (May 12), further investigation revealed that the shooting was a conspiracy to commit robbery that went awry. After consulting with the District Attorney Sarah Kirkman, felony warrants were issued for Blankenship and Smith. The two women turned themselves in at the Sheriff’s Office and were arrested without incident.
Watson remains in custody under a $75,000 secured bond. Blankenship and Smith were each given a $10,000 secured bond. Watson had a court date scheduled yesterday (May 13). The two women are both due in an Alexander County courtroom on May 19.