Detective: Caleb Cannon’s knapsack had news stories on Nikki Burgess’ murder

Caleb Cannon in court on May 19, 2017 (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Metro detective testified Friday about searching Caleb Cannon’s Knoxville home for evidence in the murder of Nikki Burgess.

Inside the home, Detective Jill Weaver said she found a knapsack and book that details the story of a body that was never found.

She testified she found news articles about Burgess’ disappearance inside that knapsack.

“Can you tell me how many separate news articles there were in that knapsack about that day?” asked the attorney.

“I counted 17,” replied Det. Weaver.

Det. Jill Weaver (Photo: WKRN)

Weaver also said she called the Department of Children’s Services to request Cannon’s son be removed from his custody.

She then testified about her interaction with the then-10-year-old child.

“We went into the kitchen, he saw an item that he made for his mom on Mother’s Day and a note that she had written to him on the counter. We talked about it, and he started to cry. He broke down and started to cry and explain a little bit about what had happened that day,” explained the detective.

Also on Friday, the state rested its case against Cannon. After court, News 2 spoke with Nikki Burgess’ father.

He described what that last few days have been like for him.

“A lot of hurt, a lot of anger. You try to forget, try to go on with your own life because you are not going to see her no more. It just makes it rough,” said Billie J. Burgess.

“I don’t even want to look at the fella. I think he deserves whatever he gets. I tried to get over the hate for him, but it’s hard. Especially with all the rumors going around about what he did to her, makes it worse,” he continued.

Cannon’s defense team will begin presenting its witnesses Monday morning.

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