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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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