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Girlfriend of suspect in August death of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant charged with helping shooter escape

Posted September 22, 2020 10:08 p.m. EDT
Updated September 23, 2020 12:38 p.m. EDT

— A second person has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a Wilson 5-year-old back in August.

Wilson Police on Tuesday night said Aolani Takemi Marie Pettit, 21, of Wilson, was charged with felony accessory after the fact. Pettit received a $250,000 secured bond.

In a court appearance on Wednesday morning, prosecutors outlined the charges against her.

Girlfriend of suspect in shooting of Wilson boy arrested, charged

They say she knew her boyfriend Darrius Sessoms, 25, had shot the child and that she helped him leave town, including providing him transportation.

Darius Sessoms, Wilson shooting of 5-year-old

Sessoms was arrested in Goldsboro not long after the shooting and faces a charge of first-degree murder.

Pettit asked for a court-appointed defense attorney. Her next court date was set for Oct. 12.

The Wilson Police Department is encouraging anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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