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Defendant in Cannon Hinnant's murder gets 2nd attorney

Posted on May 26, 2022

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Terry Lamont Parker is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Terry Lamont Parker is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Defendant Adrian Tynrell Horne appears in Wilson County Superior Court on Wednesday with attorney Nathan Sweet.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Defendant Adrian Tynrell Horne appears in Wilson County Superior Court on Wednesday with attorney Nathan Sweet.

Capital murder defendant Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, right, appears in Wilson County Superior Court with attorney Ernest Conner on Wednesday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Capital murder defendant Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, right, appears in Wilson County Superior Court with attorney Ernest Conner on Wednesday.

Darius Nathaniel Sessoms is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Darius Nathaniel Sessoms is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Adrian Tynrell Horne is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Adrian Tynrell Horne is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Aisonte Damon Artis appears in Wilson County Superior Court on Wednesday with attorney Kaelyn Thompson.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Aisonte Damon Artis appears in Wilson County Superior Court on Wednesday with attorney Kaelyn Thompson.

Khincey Nevell Barnes is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Khincey Nevell Barnes is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Terry Lamont Parker is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Terry Lamont Parker is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

Defendant Adrian Tynrell Horne appears in Wilson County Superior Court on Wednesday with attorney Nathan Sweet.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Defendant Adrian Tynrell Horne appears in Wilson County Superior Court on Wednesday with attorney Nathan Sweet.

Defendant Adrian Tynrell Horne appears in Wilson County Superior Court on Wednesday with attorney Nathan Sweet.
Capital murder defendant Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, right, appears in Wilson County Superior Court with attorney Ernest Conner on Wednesday.
Darius Nathaniel Sessoms is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.
Adrian Tynrell Horne is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.
Aisonte Damon Artis appears in Wilson County Superior Court on Wednesday with attorney Kaelyn Thompson.
Khincey Nevell Barnes is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.
Terry Lamont Parker is shown during a Wednesday court appearance.

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The Wilson man charged with killing 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant was in court Wednesday.

Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, 27, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 9, 2020, homicide, appeared before Superior Court Judge L. Lamont Wiggins in Wilson County Superior Court.

Sessoms’ attorney, Ernest L. Conner, told Wiggins that a second attorney, assistant public defender Alicia. D. Cassidy-Quate of Elizabeth City, will join him as defense counsel.

Conner and Cassidy-Quate will represent Sessoms in the capital murder case. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if Sessoms is found guilty.

RELATED STORY: State seeks death penalty in 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant’s murder

Wiggins asked Sessoms if he had any issues with his present counsel.

“No,” Sessoms told the judge.

The slain child’s mother and father sat in the audience with other family members as Sessoms was led into the courtroom.

Sessoms’ next court appearance is scheduled for July 20.

Four other defendants facing murder charges in unrelated cases appeared before Wiggins during Wednesday’s Superior Court session.

• Adrian Tynrell Horne, 43, of Wilson, appeared on two counts of first-degree murder and numerous other charges. Horne stood before the court with a new attorney, Nathan E. Sweet.

Horne is accused of killing 44-year-old Latisha Tomlin and her 21-year-old son Raekwon Williams during an Aug. 31, 2021, shooting rampage in which two others were shot but survived.

RELATED STORY: Defendant arraigned in domestic double murder

Horne told the judge that he was satisfied with his new attorney. Horne is set to return to court on Aug. 10.

• Terry Lamont Parker, 46, of Wilson, appeared on first-degree murder and first-degree burglary charges with his attorney, Kaelyn Thompson.

Parker is charged in the May 2, 2020, shooting death of 21-year-old Amaru C. Carroll-Lee of Wilson.

RELATED STORY: Wilson man charged with murder in fatal shooting 

Parker told the judge he was satisfied with his attorney. Parker is to return to court on Aug. 10.

• Aisonte Damon Artis, 22, of Wilson, appeared on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Artis is accused of killing 61-year-old William Earl Hooker Sr. of Elm City on Nov. 10, 2019.

RELATED STORY: Deputies say Wilson man robbed, fatally shot acquaintance

Artis appeared with attorney Kaelyn Thompson. Thompson requested an additional month with her client and received a new court date on June 29.

• Khincey Nevell Barnes, 45, of Wilson, appeared on a charge of first-degree murder. Barnes is accused of killing 54-year-old Billy Ray Marshall of Wilson.

Marshall’s body was found June 25, 2020, near Buddy’s Home Furnishings and the Speedway convenience store.

RELATED STORY: Manslaughter convict charged with murder in Ward Boulevard killing

Barnes is represented by James Antinore. Judge Wiggins ordered the state to provide supplemental discovery to the defense by June 24 or make a disclosure to the defense as to why it would not be available. The case was set for June 29.

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