Nanny speaks about family torn apart by murder - WKRN News 2

Nanny speaks about family torn apart by murder

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Kelley Cannon Kelley Cannon

The nanny for the children of the Nashville attorney found murdered in his home late last month spoke with News 2 Friday.

James Cannon's body was found in an upstairs closet of his Bowling Avenue home on the morning of June 23.

An autopsy showed he was strangled to death.

His estranged wife, 41-year-old Kelley Cannon, was arrested Thursday and charged with his murder.

Jodi Hoopes was the Cannon's nanny in the weeks before James Cannon filed for divorce.

She cared for the couple's three children, aged nine, seven and 19 months.

Hoopes said at first, the Cannons impressed her.  She said they were your "all American family, just like anyone else."

"A little bit of chaos with the kids running around.  Mom not feeling well trying to keep it together," she told News 2.

Hoopes said the couple appeared to be great parents.

"She was a mom and she loved her children," she said.  "He was all about his children.  He was the one getting them up and off to school in the morning.  Making sure they had what they needed for school."

Hoopes said at first her relationship with Kelley Cannon was great.

"She welcomed me with open arms," she said.  "Instantly treated me like a family member."

The relationship, however, quickly turned sour over pay.

She said, "It was a complete turn around, like night and day."

Hoopes said she was shocked to learn James Cannon was dead but not as shocked after hearing the news of Kelley Cannon's arrest.

Hoopes has worked as a nanny for more than 15 years.  She stopped working for the Cannon's in February.

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