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Wife's best friend, psychiatrist testify in murder trial

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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 Thursday afternoon began deliberating the fate of the Green Hills mother charged with first degree murder in the strangulation death of her husband.

The defense wrapped up closing arguments after lunch and the jury received the case at about 2:30 p.m.

On the morning of June 23, 2008, a housekeeper found 44-year-old James Cannon's body in an upstairs closet of his home in Green Hills.

The prosecution claims his estranged wife, 43-year-old Kelley Cannon, entered the home on Bowling Avenue the night before his body was found and wearing latex gloves, strangled him with an electrical cord.

A piece of a latex glove was found at the crime scene with Kelley Cannon's DNA on the inside and James Cannon's DNA on the outside.

An empty bottle of bleach was also found at the scene.  Police confiscated a pair of Kelley Cannon's jeans after a bleach stain was discovered on the knee.

After the prosecution wrapped up its case earlier Thursday morning, the defense called three witnesses, including Kelley Cannon's best friend and her psychiatrist.  Kelley Cannon herself did not testify.

Pamela Jo Brady met Cannon in 1989 when the two worked together in Huntsville, Alabama.

Two years later, she moved back to Nashville to pursue a career in the medical field and attend medical school.

Brady, 54, testified she was Kelley's maid of honor in 1996 when she married James and the two remained friends through the years.

Brady said she came to stay with Kelley in a Nashville hotel for a few days after she was removed from the family home due to what prosecutors say was a drug problem and history of previous violence.  She was arrested on May 21, 2008.

Brady testified Kelley was skinny and sick and during her visit, James Cannon called his wife several times.

"She said, ‘No, do not come and get me'," Brady testified.  "He was saying he would come get her in the morning.  She was crying and she said, ‘Jim, why are you doing this?  Why are you putting me through this?' and he just kept saying it will be alright.  ‘I'll just come get you in the morning.'"

Dr. Amanda Sparks-Bushnell, Kelley Cannon's psychiatrist testified she was treating the mother of three for depression, anxiety and panic disorder.

She said Kelley's life was in a state of "chaos" because she was separated and moving from hotel to hotel and she was on several medications including Adderall and antidepressants.

The defense also called Dr. Jonathon Arden, a forensic pathologist, who testified "there was a substantial amount of force, a very large amount of force" used to kill James Cannon.

"My opinion is that it would take a strong person.  Somebody with substantial force was performing that act at the time," Dr. Arden said.

The jury also learned on Thursday that at the time of his death, James Cannon's blood alcohol content was double the legal limit and that during the 1990's, Kelley Cannon worked at the medical examiner's office assisting with autopsies.

The prosecution suggested she had additional knowledge the average person would not have.    

Much has been made about Kelley Cannon's small size.  At the time, she barely weighed 90 pounds.

The defense has long said there is no way she could've physically killed her larger, taller husband.

Kelley Cannon has maintained her innocence from the beginning.

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