Jurors took only two hours of deliberation to decide to acquit Caryn Kelley, a 48 year old real estate agent, of murdering her 46-year-old, father of four boyfriend, Phillip Peatross, on July 27, 2011. The 48-year-old Florida woman was charged with manslaughter and was facing a possible 30-year sentence. A lot of buzz was created by the 911 tapes of Kelley reporting her boyfriend shot on her bedroom floor, according to HLN.
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1. Kelley Claims Peatross Committed Suicide
Caryn Kelley, a 48 year old real estate agent from Florida, who was dating a 46 year old pool builder and father of four. On the night in question she and Peatross got into a heated argument. She asked him to leave and he did. However, later that night she heard someone come in the house along with the door chime. She got her gun thinking it was an intruder and stayed in her bedroom. He walked through the door and struggled with her for the gun. He pointed it to his head, saying, "Just let me do it." Then, according to Kelley, the gun went off, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
2. Kelley Didn't Stick to Her Story
The most difficult time the pundits had were the different versions of her story. In the above 911 call, Kelley never mentions that he shot himself. The prosecution were claiming Kelley and Peatross had spent the night drinking and arguing, which is why she sounded so incoherent on the 911 call.
Prosecutor Candra Moore told jurors yesterday:
There are things in [Kelley's] versions that don’t make any sense,” Moore told jurors last week. “Listen to the wording that she uses. Listen when she walks out of the house and the police respond … [she says] ‘He’s been shot. He’s been shot’. Not ’He shot himself
3. She Called 911 Immediately
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Although her call to 911 was rambling and somewhat incoherent, thanks to a night of drinking, Kelley called for help and audibly pleaded for Peatross to "stay with me." This gave her a great deal of credibility with the jurors and in the eyes of public opinion. Unlike in the Jodi Arias case where she killed her boyfriend but lied and deceived everyone from her parents to the police investigators. From listening to the 911 call, it makes Kelley sound legitimately distressed by the incident, something that was used by her defense team.
4. Bloody Evidence Photos Were Used by the Prosecution in Attempts to Prove Murder
To back up the prosecution's case, evidence photos and diagrams appeared to show that the gun was an inch away from Peatross' cheek when it was fired. The Prosecution argued that this proximity and the angle were not consistent with a suicide.
5. Kelley's Going to Disney World!
After leaving the courtroom, following her acquittal, Kelley was surrounded by relatives and friends who all openly wept. When asked where she was going now, Kelley responded with the ubiquitous "Disney World." She also told reporters:
Tonight, I will sleep very well.
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