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Jury finds Green Hills mom guilty of murder

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Kelley Cannon, 43, was convicted of first degree murder and received an automatic life sentence. Kelley Cannon, 43, was convicted of first degree murder and received an automatic life sentence.
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 Nashville jury Thursday afternoon found Kelley Cannon guilty in the June 2008 strangulation death of her estranged husband, James.

After deliberating for just over an hour, the 43-year-old Green Hills mother of three was found guilty of first degree premeditated murder.

The conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

The defense wrapped up closing arguments after lunch and the jury received the case at about 2:30 p.m.  The verdict was returned just before 3:45 p.m.

Kelley Cannon's expression was unchanged as the verdict was read.

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

From the beginning, Kelley Cannon denied she was involved in his death.

The prosecution said otherwise.

The key to the state's case was surveillance video that shows Kelley Cannon stealing a box of latex gloves from a Walgreen's store the night before her husband was found dead.

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.

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

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

In a statement, James Cannon's family said, "We are grateful to have this behind us.  We feel that justice has been served, and thank the members of the jury for their careful attention to the facts of the case.  Our family appreciates the efforts of the local authorities and the support and well-wishes of everyone as we return our focus onto our family."

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