Detective says wife strangled husband with cord - WKRN News 2

Detective says wife strangled husband with cord


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The wife charged in the murder of her estranged husband may have strangled him with an electrical cord ripped from a phone adaptor, testimony by the lead detective in the case revealed Wednesday.

Kelley Cannon, 41, was arrested last week and charged with murder.

James Cannon was found strangled to death in an upstairs closet of his Bowling Avenue home on the morning on June 23.

"He was lying on his right side.  He was nude and there was visible trauma to his neck," Detective Brad Putnam testified Wednesday.

Putnam said Kelley Cannon was caught on surveillance video stealing a box of latex gloves from a Walgreen's near her home the night before James Cannon was found dead.

"The video shows her picking up the box of latex gloves and putting them under her arm," he continued.  "She walks around the store for a while.  She walks out the front door, past the registers with the gloves still under her right arm."

James Cannon's body was found in the couple's son's room.

Detective Putnam said DNA evidence collected from a piece of a latex glove found in the room had James Cannon's blood on the outside and Kelley Cannon's DNA on the inside.

The couple's three children were found with Kelley Cannon at her nearby apartment the morning their father was found murdered despite an order of protection prohibiting her from having contact with them.

Kelley Cannon told police she visited her husband's home the night of the murder but did not see him there.

When asked why she didn't called police, Kelley Cannon said, "Well, he had threatened me with an order of protection and said I was scared and more scared for my children and wanted to get them back to a safe place."

She added it didn't enter her mind to call the police.

Kelley Cannon's mom, Diane Sanders, questions how her 90-pound daughter could have possibly strangled her taller, heavier husband.

"A little girl of her size could not have done this," she told News 2.  "It you could see the crime scene photographs, I mean, there's no way a 90-pound girl could do that much damage to a man of that size."

Cannon's request to have her charges dismissed was denied Wednesday.

The case will now go before a grand jury.

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