One killed, one injured in Ahoskie shooting

Published 11:51 am Sunday, November 24, 2019

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AHOSKIE – An Ahoskie man is behind bars without bond after he allegedly shot and killed his ex brother in law and wounded his ex wife near here Saturday afternoon.

Reginald Dwight James, age 72, is in the Hertford County Jail, held on one count of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes said his deputies responded to a residence at 239 Newsome’s Grove Road near Ahoskie at 1:28 pm in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, the deputies found 65-year-old Kent Stewart Sessoms laying in the yard suffering from a gunshot wound. Hayes said Sessoms was initially transported to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie and then to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he later died.

Also located at the home was Beryl Sessoms James, the ex wife of the alleged shooter. Hayes said she was shot, but suffered only a minor injury.

No motive was given for the double shooting.

Hayes said the investigation is ongoing.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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