A man accused of killing a Murfreesboro woman with his bare hands was in court on Tuesday answering to further charges of child abuse.
Jacob Pearman, 30, is charged in the death of his wife, Carla. The 30-year-old mother was found beaten and strangled in the couple's Kanatak Lane home on February 14.
The same day Carla Pearman was killed, Jacob Pearman was supposed to be in court on child abuse charges.
Carla Pearman's son told the court on December 14, 2012 Jacob Pearman woke him up and got him out of bed, then threw him against the wall and choked him two separate times.
The now 8-year-old boy ran to his school, Blackman Elementary, in pajamas with no shoes on, because he said was scared and knew it was a safe place.
"One hand and the thumb was around the side of my neck and by the time I got to school there was a bruise from it," the boy explained.
He said when he left for the school that morning, he kept looking back, thinking someone was following him.
When asked if he was scared of Pearman the day he ran away, the boy replied, "I was always scared of him."
Metro police detective Jennifer West and an investigator with Child Protective Services both testified they witnessed the bruises and red marks allegedly left by Pearman on the 8-year-old boys' face and neck.
"There was an injury to the left eye area here, a red mark; there was a mark on his beck here; there were other light red marks here," West explained while on the stand.
"The way he was sitting down in the chair with his head down, very sullen. I did observe some marks on the child just in speaking," Kevin Smith with CPS testified.
The case has been bound over to Grand Jury on May 20.