A South Carolina man accused of killing his neighbor’s child, Cannon Hinnant, has been charged with first degree murder.
Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, 25, was indicted by a grand jury in Wilson on December 24th. According to ABC 11, his next court date is planned for January 24th.
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, the Regional Task Force of the US Marshals Service Carolinas arrested Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, 25, in connection with the shooting of 5-year-old Cannon in September 2020.
According to official sources, the shooting occurred at around 5:33 p.m. at 100 Archers Road, Wilson. Family members told police that Cannon was outside on his bike playing with his sisters, ages 8 and 7, when Sessoms walked up to the boy, pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger.
First responders took Cannon to Wilson Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Sessoms had just had dinner with Cannon’s father, Austin Hinnant, the night before. Sessoms showed no signs of aggression or malice towards Cannon, Austin Nancy Grace said on Crime Stories.
“Everything happened so fast. It was like any other Sunday with my family, ”said Austin. “We went to church, had lunch, and came home and relaxed. The children wanted to play and play outside and did what they loved. “
Sessoms, seemingly out of nowhere, allegedly sneaked up to Cannon, aimed a gun at the child’s head, and pulled the trigger. Neighbors witnessed when Austin Hinnant heard a single shot while still at his house.
“I heard a single shot. I could tell it was close. Before I even made it to my front door, I knew something was wrong. I had to run outside and found my son bleeding on his head, ”Austin said in a cracked voice as he relived the experience.
“We didn’t want any of that. We just wanted his life to be happy. “
After that, according to Austin, the suspect paced up and down in anger with a gun in hand. He eventually fled the scene in a Corolla limousine, but authorities arrested him the next day at a residence in Goldsboro.
A motive in the case is still unknown, although suspects’ families allegedly suspected that he was on drugs at the time of the shooting.
Court documents indicate that Sessoms was arrested at least three times for owning a house that was known for drug activity. Of the three charges, he was convicted of one charge, while another was dropped. The third case is pending.
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[Feature Photo: Cannon Hinnant/Handout]