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Cannon Hinnant's dad speaks out about neighbor accused of killing his son

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 12:31:59-04

WILSON, N.C. -- A funeral was held for a 5-year-old boy who was fatally shot in the North Carolina city of Wilson.

News outlets report that a funeral was scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. for Cannon Hinnant.

Authorities have charged Darrius Sessoms, 25, with first-degree murder in Cannon’s death.

Police said that Sessoms lived next to the boy’s father, although police have not released a motive.

"There wasn't anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever, for him to have a reason to do this," Cannon's father Austin Hinnant told WRAL.

WRAL-TV reported that Sessoms said he planned to hire his own lawyer at a court hearing on Tuesday. He rejected a judge’s attempt to appoint an attorney for him.

The Wilson County clerk’s office said Thursday that he had still not hired an attorney.