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Family of boy shot in the head call for the death penalty

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The family of a five-year-old boy who was shot in the head while riding his bike have called for his alleged killer to be sentenced to death.

Tragically Cannon Hinnant was shot in the head while playing outside with his sisters in Wilson, North Carolina on Sunday, August 9th when his neighbour Darius Sessoms fatally shot him in the head at point-blank range.

Sessoms who is aged 25 was arrested the following day and has now been charged by police with first-degree murder.

Cannon’s parents now want him to be sentenced to death following the murder.

His mother Bonny Waddell said her ‘baby didn’t deserve this. We lost a big piece of our family… I want the death penalty. And I’m going to seek it’.

His father Austin Hinnant also confirmed he will seeking the death penalty.

Within North Carolina Capital punishment is a legal penalty with the last execution taking place in 2006.

North Carolina changed the protocol for execution in 2013 which is currently being legally challenged in court until this is decided all cases have been placed on hold.

There have been four death sentences since 2014 but all are currently on hold awaiting the outcome of the new protocol.

Police have not released information on a motive.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
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