Convicted murderer wants access to victim's estate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville woman is fighting to get access to the estate of her millionaire husband, who she was convicted of killing.

Kelley Cannon was found guilty on a first-degree murder charge in 2010 in the death of 44-year-old James Cannon. His body was found in a closet by a housekeeper to the couple.

Under a state law known as the "slayer statute," Kelley Cannon cannot inherit the estate. But with an appeal of her conviction still alive, the Tennessee Court of Appeals this month ruled she deserves a hearing.

Cannon claims her late husband's sister, who is raising the couple's three children, is squandering the trust fund set up for them.

Probate Judge Randy Kennedy called the question the first of its kind in Tennessee.


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