Police in Wilson, North Carolina, has made its second arrest in connection with the August shooting death of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant.
Officers with the Wilson Police Department arrested 21-year-old Aolani Takemi Marie Pettit on Tuesday, according to a news release.
Pettit was charged with felony accessory after the fact and received a $250,000 secured bond.
The arrest comes more than a month after Cannon Hinnant was shot and killed on Aug. 9 while riding his bicycle in front of his home.
Darius Sessoms, 25, was charged last month with first-degree murder and was being held without bond in the Wilson County Jail.
Austin Hinnant, the boy’s father, has lived next door to Sessoms and his parents for eight years, he told WRAL-TV.
Sessoms dined with the Hinnant family on the Saturday before the killing, Austin Hinnant said.
There were no rifts between the neighbors, Austin Hinnant said.
“There wasn’t anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever, for him to have a reason to do this,” he said.
Witness Doris Lybrand told WRAL-TV that she saw Sessoms run up to the boy, place the gun near his head and pull the trigger before taking off on foot back to his house.
“My first reaction was, ‘He’s playing with the kids,’” Lybrand said.
“For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”
Following Sessoms’ arrest, the boy’s mother wrote on Facebook that he will answer to her.
WARNING: The following post contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive:
“MY HEART HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM ME,” she wrote.
“THAT MAN WILL SEE ME AND MY SON THROUGH MY FACE!!”
The Wilson Police Department is still looking for information on the case and encourages anyone with information to contact them at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.
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