Man accused of killing wife on Valentine's Day appears in court
March 11, 2013 10:27 PM
Carla Pearman was found beaten and strangled in the couple's Kanatak Lane home on February 14.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
The case against a Murfreesboro man accused of killing his wife on Valentine's Day will go to a grand jury.
Jacob Pearman showed no emotion when he entered Judge David Loughry's Rutherford County courtroom for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.
The 30-year-old was allowed to be unshackled during the hearing, but remained under the watchful eye of eight deputies.
Pearman is charged in the brutal attack of his wife, Carla. The 30-year-old mother was found beaten and strangled in the couple's Kanatak Lane home on February 14.
Murfreesboro detective James Abbott told the courtroom that officers arrived at the Pearman home around 3:21 a.m.
Abbott was called after Carla's body was found in her bed.
"I observed what appeared to be some sort of blunt force trauma to Mrs. Pearman's face area," he said. "And there was what appeared to be some sort of bruising, maybe from a hand, on her neck area."
Abbott went on to describe the scene, captured in photographs, including what appeared to be blood on the bed and floor.
He also talked about taking Pearman into custody.
According to Abbott, Coffee County authorities picked up Pearman shortly after Carla's body was discovered. He was taken to the Murfreesboro Police Department where he spoke candidly about the events leading up to Carla's death.
"She couldn't decide whether she wanted me to go or wanted me to stay," Pearman said on the taped confession.
The couple was married less than six months before Carla's death.
On the day she died, Pearman was scheduled to be in court on abuse charges involving Carla's 7-year-old son from a previous relationship.
The boy had since been removed from the home.
A case worker had allegedly told Carla that her son would not be allowed to return if Pearman continued to live at the shared residence.
On the tape, Pearman told police he was devastated by the abuse allegations and felt Carla was turning against him. He told police he lost his temper. Pearman: I just remember hitting her.
Detective: You choked her?
Detective: 'Bout how long do you think you choked her?
Pearman: A long time.
Detective: Did she... Was she unconscious when you got through choking her?
Pearman: Yes, sir.
Detective: Did you check to see if she was okay after that?
Pearman: I knew she wasn't.
Detective: Did you know she was dead by then?
Pearman: Yes, sir.
Upon further questioning, Pearman also admitted on the tape that Carla tried to stop the fight after he struck her.
Pearman: Then she started begging me she would do whatever I wanted her to do.
Detective: And then what happened?
Pearman: That's when I started choking her.
During the playing of the confession in the courtroom, Pearman wept.
Pearman's lawyer, criminal defense attorney Luke Evans, requested bond be set for his client. The judge refused, citing the need for a separate hearing.
A grand jury will hear details of Pearman's first degree murder charge on May 24.