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Prosecution Continues Case Against Kelley Cannon

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Kelley Cannon murder trial continued Wednesday as the prosecution proceeded to lay out its case calling more witnesses to the stand. 

The state believes Cannon strangled her husband Jim Cannon, tried to cover up the crime and left his body inside a closet. 

The prosecution believes there is plenty of forensic evidence that links Kelley to the murder scene including the tip of a latex glove that contained her DNA. 

Brad Putnam was the lead investigator in the murder case. He told the jury he found a box of gloves at Kelley's home the day after Jim was found dead in his Green Hills home.  

"I noticed a box of latex gloves, and the name brand was Walgreens. The corner of the box was missing," said Putnam. 

Prosecutors said the tip of glove found at the crime scene contains Kelley's DNA on the inside, and her husband's on the outside. The jury also saw surveillance video showing Kelley taking a box of gloves from a nearby Walgreens the same night as the murder. 

In a phone conversation played to the jury Wednesday, Kelley explained to a friend that she used the gloves when coloring her hair. 

The Nashville attorney had been strangled to death, with bleach poured on his body. Putnam showed the jury the pants Kelley had been wearing that night and part of her pants appeared discolored by bleach. 

Wednesday afternoon Rick Greene testified he was Kelley's lover at the time her husband was killed. He said he pressed Kelley about the murder of her husband. 

"I said look me in the eye and tell me you didn't know his body was in the closet," said Green. She said ‘Rick, I can't tell you anything because I don't want you to have to lie.'" 

Aaron Bagley, a bartender, told the jury he heard Kelley talk about her husband while waiting on her at a restaurant in Smyrna. 

"He was flying women to come see him in other states. They were going through a divorce, and if he tried to take the babies from her that she would kill him," said Bagley. 

In addition to the DNA evidence at the scene, the jury will have to consider whether Kelley was strong enough to strangle her husband with a cell phone charger cord. 

Her attorney Peter Strianse, said at 5' 3" and around 100 pounds, she was simply too weak to commit the crime. He also tried to convince the jury that police did a sloppy job investigating the case. He argued they didn't check thoroughly on other potential suspects, and did not proceed carefully enough in evidence gathering.

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