Murder Charge Dropped Against Bertie County Man

A murder charge has been dropped against a man who was accused of killing a registered sex offender last month.

The Bertie County Clerk of Courts Office confirms that a murder charge against Horace Sessoms was dropped Wednesday. Sessoms, who was arrested August 24th, was released from jail.

Sessoms was accused of killing Willie Bell. The 36-year-old man's body was found on Farless Road near Merry Hill.

Sheriff Greg Atikins says the District Attorney's Office dropped the charge after a preliminary autopsy showed conflicting information.

Atkins says Sessoms was arrested based on a witness account of what happened.

The sheriff says since a judge didn't drop the charge, that means Sessoms could be charged again at a later date. Atkins says they are still waiting for the final toxicology reports to come in on the autopsy.

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


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  • by give it a rest Location: colerain on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    To the lady that said for him to wake up before he loose you how about you wake up lady, Deb or whom ever you are apparently you been gone and been gone for quite sometime now GET OVER IT!!!! This man got real problems right now and he don't need nobody crying the blues because he's not with you! P.s. Stop embarrasing yourself!
  • by your peeps Location: c town on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    Lady please get a life you shouldn't worry about who he's with whats important is that he's home and doing fine. Stop broadcasting his personal life to the media there are far more important things on his mind besides trying to hold on to a woman whatever he decides to do he will do and theres nothing you or any body else can do about it keep your head up Unc and if the people in your life aint helping you, you need let them go and look forward to a better future
  • by B,T,L Location: colerain on Sep 16, 2009 at 06:22 AM
    We're glad to see you home Uncle Horace and doing well. Keep your headup and pray god will show you the way. May peace be with you. your Nieces and Nephew.
  • by Hmm Location: Farless Rd on Sep 11, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    None of this would have happen if someone had not left,Mr. Sessoms alone that night. Happy hes out but he needs to be carefull of hes so call friend.Peace be with you Horace.this is your Wake up call to get it togather.This is a new day,A new time,seek and you will find GOD.His Blessing Be Upon you.
  • by MeMe Location: USA NC on Sep 11, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    The LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT:Thank you father for releaseing my brother,Who i pray will get his LIFE togather to do the right thing.
  • by be bless Location: NC on Sep 11, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Speaking of God Do you know him? If you did you would know not to Do the things you do.Get a LIFE READ the Bible.
  • by may the truth b told Location: NC USA on Sep 11, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    To Rachel This is a comment spot,for the news of what has happen,Lady get a life,we dont care about your love life.Embarrased you are right she needs find some class,this sounds more like Lust Then a Realationship.Hats off to Mr.Sessoms seems like hes a true plyer.this girl has a real problem.She needs to get some help.
  • by Embarrased Location: U.S. on Sep 10, 2009 at 10:06 PM
    To Rachel and A friend: Please go get a life. We are not interested in "Hambones" love life or who he is with. Rachel:Now that your man is home you guys need to find some productive things to do with your time. This is why folks always have negative things to say about us..and you know what I mean. Have some class. Half of us could careless about what you are talking about. Its entertainment. Stop performing and go read or play the flute or meditate. This site is for people who are interested in whats going on in their communities and to post about the event. NOT WHO"S LOVING WHO. He wasn't being investigated for crimes of passion! Ladies...just keep it to yourselves. Mr. Sessons..good for you! Respect your freedom like you do your life.
  • by JC Location: Powellsville,NC on Sep 10, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    To the lady that says her man is home, Wake up sister did you read the report ? Its not over yet! He Can go Back.
  • by summer Location: northampton co on Sep 10, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    Yeap,another charge dropped by the DA`S office,not surprising...bet they did not tell anyone....
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