Son, neighbor testify in Caleb Cannon murder trial - WSMV Channel 4

Son, neighbor testify in Caleb Cannon murder trial

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Caleb Cannon is accused of killing Nikki Burgess. (WSMV) Caleb Cannon is accused of killing Nikki Burgess. (WSMV)
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Tuesday was the second day of the murder trial for Caleb Cannon, who is accused of killing the mother of his child.

Several witnesses, including Cannon and Nikki Burgess’ son, took the stand on Tuesday.

The boy, who is now 13 years old, was asked about the day his mother disappeared. The child's friend, who is also 13 years old, also testified.

Both said they smelled bleach inside the house and that Cannon told them they could not go into one of the bathrooms. Burgess’ son also recalled his mother’s allergic reaction to bleach.

The state showed Cannon's son had initially lied during his first interview with the Nashville Children's Alliance in 2014. He said he lied at the time because "he was really scared and didn't want to get his father in trouble."

The son's friend testified that he saw Cannon leaving Burgess' house "struggling" to carry a large duffel bag before going to pick up his son at school. He also said that Cannon's son was "nervous" when they were playing together later that day.

Both said it was odd that Cannon was inside Burgess’ house without her being there.

Burgess' neighbor James McCavenagh also testified to what he saw the night after she disappeared.

“There was someone there on the back porch who jumped off the porch, onto the other side of the duplex,” McCavenagh said.

McCavenagh claims he was returning home from work after midnight on May 25, 2014. He describes what he saw moments later.

“I went back out to my car to get something else, and then there was this other activity of something being moved. I'm trying to get a quick look and see what that was all about. A real big duffel bag being pulled out, and there was one person on one end and one person on the other end. There was definitely two people trying to get it out of the house,” he said.

McCavenagh said he did not get a good look at the two.

He claims prior to her disappearance, Burgess expressed concern about Cannon's custody of their son, which allowed them to be together every other weekend.

“She said, she did not want (her son) to go if he did not want him to go. And she didn't like the way Caleb was looking these days, that something was off. That she was concerned and became afraid of the situation," McCavenagh said.

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