The Caryn Kelley trial: Who's who?

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  • Caryn Kelley is accused of shooting her boyfriend to death
  • According to prosecutors, Kelley has given several different explanations for the shooting
  • Get to know some of the major players in the case
Caryn Kelley is charged with manslaughted in the death of Phillip Peatross.

Caryn Kelley trial: 29 evidence photos

Caryn Kelley trial: 29 evidence photos

Another lovers quarrel leads to murder?

Another lovers quarrel leads to murder?

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Defendant: Caryn Kelley

The 48-year-old real estate agent is on trial for the 2011 death of boyfriend Phillip Peatross. A close friend who was also a neighbor said she saw a change in Kelley's demeanor the weeks before Peatross' death.

“She’s usually outgoing, bubbly, cheerful, happy-go-lucky, that type of thing,” Lois Legg told police. She never asked Kelley what was wrong, but said she knew it must be something.

“She seemed depressed. She seemed sad. She seemed down,” said Legg.

Read more: Accused of killing lover, did Caryn Kelley murder him?

Early in the morning on July 27, 2011, Kelley called 911 saying, "My gun went off in the house! My boyfriend just died! He's bloody! He needs an ambulance, 911!"

She told the dispatcher it was a "self-defense thing" and she also calls it an accident.

In interviews with police, Kelley said Peatross left her home and returned after she was asleep, causing her alarm to beep. She says she grabbed her gun, believing it was an intruder.

Peatross struggled with her for the gun, according to Kelley, pointing it to his head and saying, "Just let me do it." Kelley says the gun went off.

Peatross died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Kelley is now charged with manslaughter with a deadly weapon and faces 30 years in prison.

Victim: Phillip Peatross

The 46-year-old was a pool builder in Florida. His friends and family described him this way in his obituary:

“Phillip was a man who loved his family more than anything in this world. He was kind, gentle and soft spoken. His passion was his children. His loss is devastating.”

Peatross left behind four daughters and his estranged wife, Sandra.

Legg, Kelley's neighbor and friend, said she saw Peatross all the time.

“He was always very quiet, easygoing, smiled a lot," Legg told police. "He had beautiful teeth. And just an all-around, just a good guy."

Defense attorney: Diana Tennis

Tennis is a divorce and criminal attorney out of Orlando, Florida. She has appeared on HLN numerous times, even talking to Dr. Drew about this particular case. She says the evidence supports her client's story.

"When it comes to fighting for your rights," says her website bio, "Diana’s determination makes her a no-nonsense, daunting opponent in the courtroom."

Prosecutor: Candra Moore

Moore is an assistant state attorney in Orlando. You may remember the state attorney she works under, Jeff Ashton, from the Casey Anthony trial.

She recently got a guilty verdict in the case of a man who shot his neighbor, a corrections officer, during a long-standing feud.

Moore also helped get two life sentences for a man who snatched a 4-year-old girl out of her bed.

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