Darius Nathaniel Sessoms is an African-American man from Wilson County, North Carolina, United States. At around 5:30 p.m. on August 9, 2020, he fatally shot his neighbor Cannon Hinnant, who was born in 2015, in the 5100 block of Archers Road in Wilson.
Sessoms ran up to Hinnant, put a gun to the boy’s head, fired and ran back to his own house, their neighbor Doris Lybrand, who witnessed the shooting, told WRAL. At the time, the boy was playing with his sisters, who were born in 2012 and 2013.
“He was my neighbor for years,” Hinnant’s mother Bonny Waddell told WDBJ7. “We always spoke when we seen each other. It was, we never, never ever had arguments with each other.”
Hinnant was taken to Wilson Medical Center, where he died. Here are 13 things about Sessoms:
- He was born on November 17, 1994 to Garland Thomas Sessoms and Carolyn Diane Sessoms.
- His brother Joshua Thomas Sessoms is a former North Carolina State football player and a former science teacher at Southern Nash High School in Bailey, North Carolina, where he was charged with raping students and other underage girls, according to the Nationalist Review.
- He previously lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
- In March 2016, he was convicted of felony larceny of firearms in Wilson County.
- In April 2016, he was convicted of misdemeanor maintaining a place for a controlled substance in Wake County, North Carolina.
- In November 2016, he was convicted of felony marijuana possession in Nash County, North Carolina.
- In 2017, his probation was revoked twice. It resulted in separate three-month stints in prison.
- On August 8, 2020, he had dinner with his neighbor Austin Hinnant, the father of Cannon.
- After shooting Cannon, he fled the scene in a black 2019 Toyota Corolla displaying North Carolina registration plate number TCH-2773. The vehicle’s front bumper was missing.
- On August 10, 2020, he was arrested in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was located inside a residence there by by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, Goldsboro police and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
- He was charged with first-degree murder and was held with no bond in the Wilson County jail.
- When he was arrested, he has two pending counts of felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance in Wilson County, according to Daily Mail.
- During a 10-minute court hearing in the morning of August 11, 2020, he said he rejected an attempt to have Wilson County District Court Judge appoint an attorney for him as he planned to hire his own lawyer. His probable cause hearing was set for August 25, 2020.