Court denies Kelley Cannon's appeal of 2010 conviction in husband's murder

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 6:23pm
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Kelley Cannon

The Tennessee Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied an appeal by Kelley Cannon, the Green Hills wife and mother convicted in 2010 of killing her husband, James Cannon.

In that appeal, Cannon claimed the trial court should have granted a mistrial due to issues with evidence and an expert witness. But the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision, which led to Cannon’s conviction.

Police arrested Kelley Cannon two weeks after a housekeeper found James Cannon’s body in a bedroom closet in the couple’s house at 710 Bowling Ave. on June 23, 2008.

A Davidson County jury found Cannon guilty of first-degree premeditated murder in 2010 in the strangling of her husband.

In her appeal, Cannon attempted to argue that the evidence used in the trial wasn’t sufficient — and that some evidence, including a 911 call and evidence collected during three police searches, shouldn’t have been admitted at trial.

A glove which contained James Cannon’s blood on the outside and Kelley Cannon’s DNA on the inside was a key piece of evidence in the case.

But the appeals court ruled the evidence was sufficient and police searches were legal pursuant to constitutional exceptions for search warrants.

Kelley, 45, is set to serve at least 51 years behind bars before she is eligible for parole.

3 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 10/30/12 at 5:32

Is this murderess out on bond for this and a future appeal to the Supreme Court?
Sometimes you can outlive the appeal process in this state.

By: Jughead on 10/31/12 at 7:22

I think you can only get bond before conviction. Thereafter, you remain in custody until your conviction is overturned.

By: not_guilty on 10/31/12 at 11:26

Bail pending appeal is a matter of right only in misdemeanor cases (because the sentence is likely to be fully served before the appeal is concluded). For certain serious felonies, including murder, bail must be revoked immediately upon the finding of guilt, and bail pending appeal is unavailable. For other felonies, the court has discretion to grant or deny bail following conviction.