A Stanley man who witnessed the death of his daughter and nephew when
the children became trapped beneath a wall of dirt in a construction
accident on April 7 has been arrested and charged with Possession of a
Firearm by a Felon and Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, according
to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Jordan Keely Arwood, 31, was charged Monday and placed into the Harven
A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.
A press release from the Sheriff’s Office says deputies found six
firearms, including an AR-15 rifle, and marijuana at Arwood’s home one
day after Chloe Arwood, 7, and James Caldwell, 6, died when a dirt
wall in a large pit next to Arwood’s home collapsed. While deputies
discovered the weapons and drugs a week ago, Sheriff David Carpenter
said Arwood wasn’t arrested at the time to give him and his family
time to grieve.
Arwood was convicted of Possession with Intent to Sell Schedule VI, a
felony offense, in Catawba County in 2003. Felons are barred from
owning firearms in North Carolina.
An investigation into the children’s deaths is ongoing.
Arwood’s first appearance in Lincoln County District Court is
scheduled for Tuesday.