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NC teen boy charged with girl's rape and murder

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CLINTON, NC - Eight months after McKenzie Sessoms was found dead in her home near Salemburg, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the death of the 11-year-old girl.

Sheriff Jimmy Thornton announced at a news conference Wednesday morning that a juvenile has been charged with murder and first-degree rape in the case.

To be considered a juvenile, the suspect has to be under the age of 16. Thornton said no other details about the juvenile would be released.

"Praying for truth and justice to come out as this proceeds through the justice system. God rest your precious soul, McKenzie," a person wrote Wednesday on a Facebook page called 'Justice for McKenzie Sessoms.'

The suspect's grandfather, Howard Jones, said his grandson, 14-year-old Trey Jones, has been arrested in the case. Jones said Trey Jones lived with him. The Jones home is in front of the Sessoms' home.

Sessoms was found dead on Sept. 6, 2013 at her home on Hairr Lane outside Salemburg. Since then, detectives have questioned a potential suspect pool of more than a dozen people. Thornton said detectives conducted numerous interviews and collected and processed evidence including DNA.

Thornton would not say if the suspect and Sessoms were related in any way or if the two knew each other at all.

McKenzie was born on March 1, 2002 in Cumberland County, her obituary said.

Shortly after McKenzie's death, a family member told WRAL-TV that the girl's father found her when he tried to wake her for school, and that she appeared to have suffocated.

She was a fifth grade student at Salemburg Elementary School and lived at home with her father and two adult brothers, according to her obituary and information from WRAL.



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