Witnesses In Auto Theft Case Tell Of "Facebook Confession"

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - by Joseph Dycus

A witness supposedly possesses video evidence of one of two Chattanooga-area men confessing to stealing and wrecking two vehicles at the bottom of Signal Mountain.

Dylan Burrows, 23, and Brett Cannon, 28, allegedly stole Whitne McGuire’s red Jeep Cherokee on May 28 along with one other vehicle. They subsequently wrecked both vehicles a few hours later.

Despite Cannon being absent from the courtroom, Judge Lila Statom decided to hear the witnesses' against him.

According to Ms. McGuire, she and her boyfriend were sleeping in a house when a few of their friends ran into the room at around three in the morning to tell about the vehicles being taken. Their friends were at the house because they had been hanging out earlier in the day.

According to Ms. McGuire, their fence was so irreparably damaged that “there was no fence left.”

Police found the red Jeep a few hours later, with her vehicle now sporting busted tires, damaged headlights, and dents.

According to Ms. McGuire, Dylan is a friend with her friend Logan, and he had actually knocked on her door a few hours earlier in order to talk to Logan. Ms. McGuire told him to go away, since her family and friends had told her that he was “trouble.”

When the defendant’s lawyer cross-examined her, the lawyer asked Ms. McGuire if she had known Cannon beforehand. Ms. McGuire said she had not. She told the judge that she had friended him on Facebook for a short time after the incident, but she then blocked him quickly after that.

Ms. McGuire also did not see the vehicles taken, but she also said that she did not leave her keys in the Jeep. According to Ms. McGuire, the two men used screwdrivers to start the cars in lieu of the real keys.

The most notable event in the hearing was the revelation that Ms. McGuire has a video recording of Cannon confessing to committing the crime.

While she was not able to pull up the video, she asserted that she had been able to record a conversation between Cannon and one of her friends, Hannah Jordan, as they were chatting on Facebook.

Ms. Jordan corroborated Ms. McGuire’s story. According to Ms. Jordan, she is friends with his sister, but had never spoken to him directly. A couple of days after the incident, he started texting her on Facebook.

Eventually, he allegedly began to speak about stealing the Jeep, and what happened. It was at this point that Ms. McGuire began recording the conversation, it was stated.

“I don’t know what made him call me,” said Ms. Jordan.

After hearing both witnesses, Judge Statom set a July 1 date for the next session of the preliminary hearing.

 

 


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