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Attorney says victim wanted wife to get help

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Kelley Cannon is charged with first degree murder in the death of her estranged husband. Kelley Cannon is charged with first degree murder in the death of her estranged husband.
James Cannon was found strangled to death on June 23, 2008. James Cannon was found strangled to death on June 23, 2008.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jurors in the trial of the Green Hills woman charged with first degree murder in the death of her estranged husband heard testimony Tuesday from his divorce attorney.

"I told Jim I would make sure I get the divorce over with before children go to school and I told him everything would be okay, he would be okay, and he was killed on Monday," a tearful John Collins told the courtroom, recalling the last time he spoke with James Cannon.

Collins represented the Nashville attorney and businessman up until his untimely death in June 2008.

Investigators allege his wife, Kelley Cannon, strangled him to death.

At the time, the couple was going through a bitter divorce.

Kelley Cannon had a drug problem, according to the prosecution, and police said there was a history of domestic violence in the home.

James Cannon had an order of protection against his wife and also had custody of the couple's three children.

His attorney said while his client filed for divorce just four months before his death, he asked everything be put on hold because he wanted to work things out.

"Mr. Cannon just wanted her to get help," Collins testified.  "He did not want a divorce.  If she was willing to go back and get treatment, he was willing to hang in there.  He wanted her to get better. He wanted her to be mother of his children and be his wife.  He struggled terribly with the divorce."

A mutual friend of the couple's who had drinks with Kelley Cannon at Bricktop's Restaurant just hours before James Cannon's death also testified Tuesday

Amy Houston said the mother of three called her distraught and upset and wanted to meet.

"She came in and she wasn't so much distraught as angry and she alternated between I don't know what to do and how dare he, he can't divorce me, I'm the primary caregiver," Houston told the courtroom.

A housekeeper found James Cannon's body in an upstairs bedroom closet of his Bowling Avenue home.

Police later found the children at Kelley Cannon's apartment and told her husband had been murdered.

A recording of that conversation was played in court Tuesday.

From the beginning, Kelley Cannon has maintained her innocence.

The key to the state's case is surveillance video that shows her stealing a box of latex gloves from a Walgreen's store shortly before James Cannon was murdered.

A tip of a latex glove recovered from the bedroom where James Cannon was found dead had Kelley Cannon's DNA on the inside and James Cannon's DNA on the outside.

A bleach bottle was also found at the scene.

Much has been made about Kelley Cannon's small size.
 
Her mother, Diane Sanders, has long said it was near impossible for her 90-pound daughter to have strangled her taller, heavier husband to death.

James and Kelley Cannon were married for 12 years and had three children together.

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

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