North Carolina man charged with murder of 5-year-old on bicycle: report
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Darius Sessoms, the 25-year-old man from North Carolina accused of shooting a 5-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle, was charged last week with first degree murder, according to a report.
ABC 11 has indicated that its next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 24.
Cannon Hinnant, 5, was shot and killed in August 2020 in Wilson, North Carolina
Sessoms and the boy’s father were neighbors. Cannon was at his father’s home on his bicycle when he was shot dead in front of his two sisters, 7 and 8, WRAL-TV reported.
One person who said he witnessed the shooting told the station at the time that she was looking out the window and watching Sessoms run towards Cannon and shoot him in the head at close range. She said his first reaction was that he was playing with the kids.
Police said officers responding to a report of a shooting at a mobile home park found the 5-year-old with a gunshot wound. Captain Steve Stroud said officers and emergency personnel provided first aid before the boy was taken to Wilson Medical Center, where he died.
“The first thing I see is my son lying on the ground and I thought maybe he just fell off his bike. As I got closer to him and hugged him. , I realized… how horrible it was… I had to pick up my son and hold him in my arms as the blood flowed down my arm and all I could do was pray to God “, a his father told ABC News.
The Wilson Times reported that North Carolina Department of Public Safety records show Sessoms was convicted on separate charges in 2016, and his probation was revoked twice in 2017, resulting in sentences separate prison terms of three months.
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Sessoms’ parents told WRAL they were deeply saddened by what happened to Cannon. They said they believed their son was on drugs and was hallucinating at the time of the shooting, the station reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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