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AC man charged in woman’s death

Caleb Cannon is led by Nashville police officers after his arrest on murder charges in the disappearance of Nikki Burgess.
Caleb Cannon is led by Nashville police officers after his arrest on murder charges in the disappearance of Nikki Burgess.
After more than a year of investigation, Metro Nashville Police Department Homicide-Cold Case detectives arrested 34-year-old Caleb J. Cannon of Anderson County for the May 2014 murder of Nashville-area resident Nichole “Nikki” Burgess. Cannon was formally named a person of interest in this death investigation in Anderson County search warrants granted in June 2014.  As a result of continuing investigative work by Nashville detectives, evidence was presented to the Davidson County Grand Jury last week, resulting in the return of the first-degree murder indictment.  Cannon was taken into custody Wednesday morning at Nashville’s Juvenile Court Building where he was to have attended a hearing.  He refused to be interviewed by detectives.
Although Burgess is considered a murder victim, her body has not been found.  She was last heard from on the afternoon of May 23, 2014, and was reported missing by a friend on May 25, 2014.  Her car, with a purse inside, was parked at her home in Hermitage.  The investigation showed that Cannon, who had visitation privileges with the couple’s then-10-year-old son, picked him up from his Nashville school on the 23rd and drove him to Anderson County that evening. Investigators searched the Andersonville home of Cannon for clues in her disappearance. A witness has reported seeing two individuals carry something out of Burgess’ residence in the early morning hours of May 24, 2014. An affidavit stated cadaver dogs twice “alerted to the presence of human decomposition.” One of the hits from the dogs was in Burgess’ Hermitage home. The second was in the trunk of a vehicle registered to Cannon. That vehicle was impounded by Nashville police. Investigators believe that Burgess’ body was transported from her residence in Nashville to an unknown location inside the trunk of the vehicle belonging to Cannon. The second individual involved in this case has not yet been identified.  Anyone who has knowledge of Nichole Burgess’ death and/or information about the second person involved is asked to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463, or the MNPD’s Homicide-Cold Case Unit at 615-862-7329.  Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.  Cannon’s bond was set at $750,000.  He will be arraigned on the indictment in the near future.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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