Trial for man accused in Nikki Burgess’ murder begins Monday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A jury was selected Monday and testimony began in the murder trial against Caleb Cannon.

Cannon is accused of killing the mother of his child, Nikki Burgess, in 2014. She was reported missing two days after the alleged crime took place by a friend who thought something was off.

Her remains have yet to be found, but detectives say dogs alerted to decomposition inside the bathtub of her home as well as the trunk of Cannon’s car. He was arrested for first-degree murder in October 2015 due to evidence collected by detectives.

Around 75 potential jurors were brought in Monday morning and the final jury was selected by mid-afternoon.

Prosecutors then gave their opening argument just before 3 p.m. and first called one of Burgess’ best friends to the stand.

A former cellmate told investigators Cannon confessed to the murder sometime after his arrest and said he took her body to East Tennessee. Police previously said they believe money and custody of the couple’s son was the motive for the murder.

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