FIRST ON WITN: Arrest Made In Murder Of Convicted Sex Offender

A Colerain man has been charged with murder after another Bertie County man was found dead early Monday morning.

46-year-old Horace Sessoms was charged with killing Willie Bell.

The 36-year-old Bell was found on Farless Road near Merry Hill.

A witness says Bell got into fight with another man outside a residence on Farless Road.

The sheriff's office says there is no apparent gunshot wound or blood at the scene so it's unclear how Bell died. An autopsy Monday afternoon should shed more light on how Bell died.

Bell is a registered sex offender, convicted in 2005 for taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Alcohol and Law Enforcement agents are investigating along with the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office got the call about 3:50 a.m. Monday.

ALE has charged the owner of the home, ALE has charged owner of home, Damian Spruill, with selling alcohol without a license.


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A body found in the middle of a road has opened a homicide investigation in Bertie County.

Bertie County Sheriff Greg Atkins says a man's body was found in the middle of Farless Road near Merry Hill early Monday morning.

The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of family members.

Sheriff Atkins says the investigation so far has led them to believe the victim was in a fight with someone else. However, there are no visible injuries on the body, which is making an early determination of the cause of death difficult.

A passerby found the victim around 4 a.m. Monday, Sheriff Atkins told WITN.

The investigation has led to the development of a suspect, but no arrests have been made yet.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    WITN can you please close this comments page,Because these people have really gotten out of hand, with the lies on here.MR.Sessoms is not sex offender ,Willie Bell is the sex offender.PLEASE MAKE BOTH FAMILYS HAPPY CLOSE IT UP THANK YOU.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2009 at 05:03 PM
    Free Hambone ,He didnt Kill no one.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    FOR real THATS right, go to the hole Bertie CO, You will find at less 3 shot houses that sell drugs and much more.Please Clean up or commmunity,
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    I agree Farless Rd is full of illegal shot houses. Go back in a place call the hole.
  • by Farless rd Location: Ahoskie on Aug 26, 2009 at 09:43 PM
    For all who are on the video and said FARLESS RD is Quiet WHERE ARE YOU? Farless rd is full of shot houses and any thing eles you want.Bertie Co needs to make a sweep of the area. Bust them all
  • by Help them all Jesus Location: Beargrass,NC on Aug 26, 2009 at 09:25 PM
    For all the lies,The Hear say that are going around,Has anyone read the news papers or the reporters statements,here on WITN? It was said no Guns,wounds,or blood was found on this man.there are people saying his head was tramatize.if it was so, Don`t you think it would have been in the news? The Devil is a lier. GOD BE WITH THEM ALL AMEN
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    FOR THOSE WHO SAY IT WAS JUSTICE BECAUSE OF ASEX CHARGE YOU ARE IGNO0RANT.EVERYONE LIFE IS VALUABLE NO MATTER WHAT A PERSON DONE IN LIFE. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE AND BET YOU GOT SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET SHOULD YOU BE BEAT TO DEATH FOR YOUR DIRT.AND FOR THOSE THAT WERE DOWN THERE YALL SHOULD BE HELD JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR STANDING AROUND WATCHING A LIFE GET BEAT OUT OF SOMEONE INSTEAD OF BREAKING IT UP OR CALLING FOR HELP RIGHT THEN.IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LIFE SAVED.HOW CAN YALL SHUT YOUR EYES AT NIGHT AND LEAVING SOMEONE TO DIE .AND YALL MEN SAY YOU MEN NO...U R PUNKS BUT YET MERRYHILL BOYS SO BIG AND BAD
  • by latoya Location: bertie on Aug 26, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    For all of you that is bringing up his past, thats in the past. We know he was an ex sex offender but greg atkins wants to make himself look good. I no that their were other people down there but maybe afraid to say something. I knew willie personally and he was a great guy. Just imagine a size 18 or 19 going across your head. that was just cruel and just leave someone to DIE...come on now!! DO U NO WHAT HAMBONE IS SAYING NOW!! BIG BONE SAID COME ON LET ME OUT GUARD. RIP WILLIE!
  • by HAPPY FEET Location: plymouth on Aug 26, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    My heart goes out to both families. If they was home like they suppose to all of this wouldn't occurred. The best thing for both parties is not to judge one another. we all make mistakes, but we need to look to our father "Jesus Christ" and let him take all things in his hands. We will keep both families him in our prayers.
  • by sadly Location: Ahoskie on Aug 26, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    Either way it's a sad situation,their have been some encouraging comments and some that are heartless,but people please pray the best for both families that no one will become bitter towards each other.
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