Woman charged in connection with 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant’s murder

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WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) – A 21-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony accessory after the fact in connection with the murder of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant in Wilson.

Aolani Takemi Marie Pettit, of Wilson, is in jail under a $250,000 bond.

Darius N. Sessoms, 25, of Wilson, was arrested Aug. 10 in Goldsboro. He is charged with first-degree murder. Family members said the 5-year-old boy was riding his bicycle when he was shot and killed along Archers Road on Aug. 9.

A GoFundMe for Cannon’s family has raised more than $810,000.

Cannon’s mother, Bonny Waddell, said she would ask the district attorney to seek the death penalty.

“Justice hasnโ€™t been served,” the grieving mother said.

Numerous vigils and memorials have been held to honor Cannon. A motorcycle ride drew hundreds on Aug. 22.

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