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Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Van Buren County man in connection to the death of a 21-year-old over the weekend. Robert Alley was found dead in his Spencer, TN home on Saturday, November 7th. TBI Special Agents working alongside the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, developed information which led to a resident of that home, Hugh T. Mosley, as the individual responsible for Alley’s death. Mosley was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Homicide and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The 48-year-old was placed in the Van Buren County Jail on a $300,000 bond. (Photo Courtesy TBI).
For almost five years William Allen Davenport could not just mourn the loss of his infant daughter because he had been accused of her death. But last Thursday, Davenport walked out of the Cumberland County Justice Center a free man, Michael Moser of the Crossville Chronicle reports. On November 12, 2010 paramedics responded to Davenport’s home when 7-week-old Destiny stopped breathing. After the infant passed away, the state medical examiner and a Chattanooga doctor would conclude that Destiny died from abusive head trauma, a finding that would cast doubt on Davenport for years. However, on Thursday, the jury heard from a former local paramedic and the Crossville doctor who treated Destiny that day who said they saw no signs of abuse. The jury also heard from Memphis Medical Examiner, Dr. Karen Chancellor, who said her findings were consistent with the baby choking on the formula she was fed. The Crossville Chronicle reports that the jury took less than an hour and a half to find William Allen Davenport not guilty on all counts in the death of his daughter Destiny.
Caleb Cannon has pleaded not guilty in the Nikki Burgess case. Cannon was in court on Tuesday, charged with the murder of the Nashville mother, who has been missing since May 23, 2014. Nichole Burgess, 36, formerly of Crossville, lived in Hermitage, with her young son who was fathered by Cannon. Burgess’ disappearance was sudden and police found her vehicle with a purse inside at her Hermitage home. Burgess’ house was in disarray and her dogs left unattended. Cadaver dogs picked up the scent of human decomposition in both Burgess's home in Nashville and Canon's 1998 Mazda Protégé. But most telling in the mother’s disapearance, friends and family of Nikki say she would never have left without her little boy. During his court appearance on Tuesday, Caleb Cannon was appointed an attorney. His next court date is Nov. 24, 2015 for a bond hearing. Cannon is charged with first degree murder and is being held on a $750,000 bond.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a last minute decision to visit Knoxville on Monday, November 16. Trump will appear at the Knoxville Convention Center beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Local 8 Now reports that the event is free, but seating is limited so you need to register at eventbrite.com. Reportedly, Trump’s team is in talks with Beada Corum, a 92-year-old who went viral after showing support for Trump, to introduce him. (Photo Courtesy Wikipedia).
If you have a loved one behind bars in Chattanooga, they are now just the click of a computer mouse away. Family members will no longer be able to visit inmates in the Hamilton County jail face-to-face. Tuesday, a new video visitation system went online. People will be able to use the new video system at the jail twice a week, for 30 minutes. That visit is free. But for a price, families can now log on to a computer from home and see their loved ones on a screen. Face-to-face visitation will still be allowed for attorneys. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says the system will decrease contraband being brought into the jail and damage to their facility.