Man indicted with murder of elderly Mount Airy resident

By Terri Flagg - [email protected]


Surry County Detention Center

DOBSON — Jordan Ross Lowdermilk has been indicted on first-degree murder and other charges in the May death of an 80-year-old woman.

Lowdermilk, 28, of Dobson, allegedly broke into the Mount Airy apartment of Claudia Smith in the early morning hours of May 11. He is accused of killing Smith in the Franklin Street residence, stealing her card and fleeing, Mount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson said in May.

Blunt trauma, which can include a severe impact or physical attack, has been identified as the cause of Smith’s death.

After allegedly wrecking the car on I-77 and abandoning it there, Lowdermilk is believed to have embarked on a mini crime scene in the vicinity of exit 100 at N.C. 89, which included stabbing an I-77 motorist and two other break-ins, according to information provided by Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson in May.

Lowdermilk was apprehended the following day by bail agents within blocks of the murder scene.

Charges issued by both agencies included first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree burglary, felony larceny, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or seriously injure, breaking or entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

Represented by Winston-Salem attorney J.D. Byers, Lowdermilk in June waived his right to a District Court probable cause hearing on the felony charges.

He entered a plea of no contest to the misdemeanor charge and immediately appealed the conviction to Superior Court.

After a grand jury returned true bills of indictment on the charges in July, Lowdermilk is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on September 7.

He is currently held in the Surry County Detention Center without bond, with three court dates coming up this month.

On July 11, Lowdermilk will appear in Superior Court on a misdemeanor probation violation.

He is accused of absconding while serving a probationary sentence for a 2015 Stokes County conviction on two counts of possession of stolen goods.

Lowdermilk had been wanted by local corrections officers when Mount Airy detectives and the State Bureau of Investigation targeted him as a person of interest in Smith’s slaying.

The defendant will appear in District Court on July 8 on a charge of misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and on July 19 for larceny of a firearm, which is a felony.

Lowdermilk Surry County Detention Center

By Terri Flagg

[email protected]

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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