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Cannon Hinnant case: Suspect’s girlfriend charged with helping shooter escape

Cannon Hinnant case: Suspect's girlfriend charged with helping shooter escape

via WRAL:

WILSON, N.C. (WRAL) — A second person has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a Wilson 5-year-old in August.

Wilson Police said Aolani Takemi Marie Pettit, 21, was charged with felony accessory after the fact Tuesday.

In a court appearance on Wednesday morning, prosecutors said Pettit knew her boyfriend Darrius Sessoms had shot Cannon Hinnant and that she helped him leave town, including providing him transportation.


Family members said Cannon Hinnant was playing outside his father’s house when he was shot in the head on Aug. 9. The boy’s two sisters, ages 8 and 7, saw their brother get shot, according to their mother. Hinnant was taken to Wilson Medical Center, where he died.

About 24 hours after Hinnant was shot, Darius N. Sessoms, 25, was apprehended in a Goldsboro residence by U.S. Marshals, Goldsboro police and Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies. He was charged with first-degree murder and held without bond.

Sessoms lives next door to Hinnant’s father, and a neighbor said that the two men had dinner together Saturday night and that Sessoms was at his neighbor’s home earlier Sunday. A witness said Sessoms ran up to the boy, put the gun near his head and fired before running back to his own house.

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Cannon Hinnant case: Suspect’s girlfriend charged with helping shooter escape

WILSON, N.C. (WRAL) — A second person has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a Wilson 5-year-old in August. Wilson Police said Aolani Takemi Marie Pettit, 21, was charged with felony accessory after the fact Tuesday.



Cannon Hinnant case: Suspect’s girlfriend charged with helping shooter escape

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