The parents of the 5-year-old boy who was allegedly shot in the head by a neighbor in North Carolina want their son’s murderer to get the death penalty.
Parents Bonny Waddell and Austin Hinnant stated they want justice for little Cannon Hinnant, who was gunned down on August 9 while riding his bicycle outside his dad’s house in the city of Wilson.
“My baby didn’t deserve this,” the grieving mother told CBS-affiliate KCTV.
“I want the death penalty and I’m going to seek it.”
If you have children, then you can empathize with her. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to outlive your children.
Police believe Darius Sessoms, who was a neighbor living next door to Cannon’s father for eight years, walked up to the child while he was playing outside with his two sisters and shot him point-blank in the head.
The girls, ages 7 and 8, “know their brother is in a better place” but they are thoroughly devastated, said Waddell.
Those little girls have a long road ahead of them to get over what they saw happen to their younger brother.
“This man took my girls when he took my baby,” she said.
Police have yet to release a motive for the young boy’s murder. Motive schmotive, there is no justifiable reason on earth to do what this man did to that child.
The father, Austin Hinnant, said he and his son’s accused killer were on good terms and even had dinner and drinks the night before the murder.
“There wasn’t anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever, for him to have a reason to do this,” Hinnant said.
Sessoms, 25, is being held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder.
First-degree murder is punishable by the death penalty in North Carolina under certain circumstances, such as if the felony in question is “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel,” according to state law.
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I can’t think of any reason why this would not fit the criteria for a death penalty case.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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