Son, neighbor take the stand in Nikki Burgess murder case

Caleb Cannon (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nearly three years after Nikki Burgess was believed to be murdered, her son testified against his own father, who a neighbor says he saw at her home.

The son Burgess and Caleb Cannon shared was just 10 years old at the time of her disappearance in May 2014.

He testified Tuesday morning that his mother typically picked him up from school, but on May 23, 2014, Cannon did. The boy said his father took him back to his mother’s house, who reportedly wasn’t home at the time.

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The 10-year-old said he and his dad never spent time together at his mother’s home when she wasn’t there and that he was instructed to go inside the house through an unlocked back door.

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The boy’s principal also testified and spoke about the day Cannon picked his son up from school almost three years ago.

She said prior to that day she had never met or spoken to Cannon and that he said he was “running late” and mentioned he was coming from Knoxville.

Burgess’ former neighbor also took the stand. James McCavanagh said the two were close and hung out together about three times a week.

He says late one night in May of 2014, he went out to his car and saw two people moving something out of her house.

At that time, he did not know she was missing.

“This real big duffle bag being pulled out, and there was one person on one end and then there was another. That is when I saw someone’s head popped out. There was obviously two people trying to get this thing out of the house,” explained McCavanagh.

“It was hard for them to move this object. It was not an easy task, you could obviously tell. It was like if you could fill a bag like that with sand,” he said.

“Do you see the person you saw standing in that porch area, in the area of Nichole Burgess’ residents, the person you described as pulling the duffle bag out of the house? Do you see that person today? Can you point him out?” asked the attorney.

“He is right there,” said McCavanagh, who was pointing at Cannon.

He also said that Burgess asked him to monitor the situation when Cannon picked up their son for visitation because she was concerned.

Cannon has since been charged with first-degree murder and was arrested in October 2015.

A former cellmate told police Cannon confessed to murdering the 36-year-old woman. Her body has not been found, but detectives say dogs alerted to decomposition inside the bathtub of her home and Cannon’s car trunk.

Police previously said they believe money and custody of the couple’s son was the motive for the murder.

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