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Crime scene investigators, cell mate testify in trial for Caleb Cannon

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Caleb Cannon is charged with killing the mother of his child. (WSMV file photo) Caleb Cannon is charged with killing the mother of his child. (WSMV file photo)

Crime scene investigators are testifying in day three of the murder trial for Caleb Cannon.

Cannon is accused of killing the mother of his child, 37-year-old Nikki Burgess, in Nashville in 2014.

Most of the witnesses who were called to the stand on Wednesday are Metro police crime scene investigators who went through the evidence collected at Burgess' home.

Officer Charles Linville said he lifted latent fingerprints from inside the house. He said they used a product called Blue Star to check for possible blood stains.

Linville said they found what they call "presumptive blood" on the floor at the foot of Burgess' bed, on a fitted sheet in a laundry basket and on a towel in the hallway of the house.

There were also photographs showing brass knuckles and extension cords in the bedroom.

A DNA analyst for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and a fingerprint expert were also called to testify on Wednesday.

Brian Brewington, Cannon’s cell mate, testified that Cannon told him he killed Burgess.

Brewington has three pending criminal cases against him. He said he wasn’t promised anything by the state for his testimony, but he is hoping to get consideration.

He said he met Cannon at the Hillwood Detention Center in November 2015. Over the next few months, he said Cannon told him he killed Burgess.

“On that night, we were just sitting on the bed. This had been in the making three months. I said, ‘Did you do it?’ He just looked at me and grinned,” Brewington said.

Brewington said Cannon told him what happened on May 23, 2014.

“He had showed up earlier that day, and when he arrived at the house, there was another kid. He sent them both outside, had the house to himself,” he said.

Brewington said Cannon told him he got into an argument with Burgess and became angry when he thought she was sending a text to a friend asking them to call police.

“He followed her to the bedroom, took out a pair of brass knuckles, struck here in the back of the head. He took a cord that he ripped off an appliance and wrapped it around her neck, strangled her to death,” Brewington said.

“He took the body and put it in the bathroom,” Brewington added.

Brewington claims Cannon told him he mistakenly left the brass knuckles behind.

“Retrieved a tarp, put her body in the trunk and took her back to Knoxville,” he said. “When he took it back to Knoxville, he took it to a farm and put it in a machine that ground up her body. That was meant for feeding pigs.”

Cannon’s defense attorney Jim Todd said this is a matter of “he said, she said.”

Matthew Belcher, another of Cannon's cell mates, is also slated to testify Wednesday.

Stay with Channel 4 and for updates from the courtroom.

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