Slain lawyer's wife says she's devastated - WKRN News 2

Slain lawyer's wife says she's devastated

The wife of murdered Nashville lawyer James Cannon spoke out for the time since his death Tuesday.

Kelley Cannon appeared in a Nashville courtroom on charges she violated an order of protection.

James Cannon, 44, had filed the order against his wife in May after she tried to take the couple's youngest child.

The order prohibited her from having contact with her three children.

On the morning James Cannon's body was found in an upstairs closet of his Bowling Avenue home, the children, aged nine, seven and 18-months, were found in Kelley Cannon's possession at her home nearby.

Kelley Cannon was arrested on three counts of criminal contempt for violating an order of protection two days later.

Tuesday, she appeared in court to answer to the charges.

While Cannon did speak in court, afterwards, she told a group of reporters, "I'm devastated by all this."

Neighbors reported seeing the estranged couple together outside James Cannon's home the night before his body was found.

While police, have not identified Kelley Cannon as a suspect in the case, her attorney, Peter Strianse, said investigators have called her a person of interest.

"Anytime you have a spouse that passes away under suspicious circumstances, the other spouse is always going to be considered a person of interest," he said.

Strianse went on to say his client is claiming innocence when it comes to the death of her husband and even defended why police discovered the couple's children with her.

News 2: "Has she told you how she ended up with the children on Monday morning?"
Strianse: "Yes, she has told me how.  Obviously, I'm not at liberty to say at this point in time."

An autopsy shows James Cannon was strangled.

Police have not charged anyone with his death.

The couple's three children are currently with James Cannon's sister.

Kelley Cannon will ask a juvenile court judge next week for custody.

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