Missouri soldier charged with first-degree murder

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 | 7:38 a.m. CDT; updated 9:15 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 3, 2011

BELTON — A Missouri soldier is charged with killing a man he apparently believed had sex with his wife while the soldier was away serving in the Army.

Prosecutors charged 21-year-old Justin S. Cannon with first-degree murder just hours after he had attended his wife's funeral Monday in Belton.

Cannon is charged with killing 24-year-old Michael Griggs, whose body was found at Truman Lake. He died from a serious head wound.

The Kansas City Star reports that Cannon was arrested hours after his wife, 16-year-old Amber Cannon, was buried. She was found dead July 27 at a motel in Grandview. Police have not said how she died.

Online court records do not indicate if Cannon has an attorney.


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