Slain lawyer's wife on trial for husband's murder - WKRN News 2

Slain lawyer's wife on trial for husband's murder

Posted: Updated: April 26, 2010 06:16 PM CDT
Kelley Cannon Kelley Cannon
James Cannon was found strangled to death on June 23, 2008. James Cannon was found strangled to death on June 23, 2008.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A jury was seated and testimony got underway late Monday in the trial of the Nashville woman charged with murdering her estranged husband.

The 12-member jury was selected from a pool of 76 Davidson County residents and seated just before 3:30 p.m.  Four alternates were also chosen.

The state's first witness was Kelley Cannon's 11-year-old son.

The mother of three was arrested in July 2008, one month after her husband, James, was found strangled to death in an upstairs closet of his Bowling Avenue home.

The boy testified he was asleep on the night of his father's murder and woken up by his mother who told him they needed to leave immediately.

He recalled his mother appeared "nervous and jumpy" and he was scared that she was taking them someplace where their father could not find them.

The family's housekeeper, who found the body of James Cannon the next morning, also took the witness stand Monday.

"It was dark and the first thing I remember is seeing his hand and it was like the color of charcoal," Vicky Shams recalled of finding the body.

Police said Kelley Cannon initially told them she visited her husband's home the night of his death but did not see him there.

When asked why she didn't called police, she said, "Well, he had threatened me with an order of protection and said I was scared and more scared for my children and wanted to get them back to a safe place."

Kelley Cannon's mother, Diane Sanders, has questioned how her 90-pound daughter could have possibly strangled her taller, heavier husband.

"A little girl of her size could not have done this," she told News 2.  "It you could see the crime scene photographs, I mean, there's no way a 90-pound girl could do that much damage to a man of that size."

In testimony in 2008, the lead detective in the case said Kelley Cannon may have strangled her husband with an electrical cord ripped from a phone adaptor.

Detective Brad Putnam also testified she was caught on surveillance video stealing a box of latex gloves from a Walgreen's store near her home the night before James Cannon was found dead.

Putnam said DNA evidence collected from a piece of a latex glove found in the room where James Cannon was found had his blood on the outside and Kelley Cannon's DNA on the inside.

The couple's three children, who were nine, seven and 18 months at the time of the murder, are in the custody of James Cannon's sister.

Kelley Cannon was out of jail on bond for awhile but was rearrested after she cut off her ankle bracelet.

From the beginning, she has maintained her innocence.

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