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Never-before-seen evidence revealed in 2013 Valentine's Day murder

Posted: Updated: March 5, 2014 04:29 AM
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Jacob Pearman is set to go on trial for first degree murder March 24.  He is accused of killing his wife of six months, Carla, in 2013.

In a taped confession obtained by News 2, Pearman is heard telling homicide detectives about the final moments of his 30-year-old wife's life inside their Murfreesboro home in the 800 block of Kanatak Lane.

Pearman is heard in the interview telling detectives that he struck his wife while they were in bed in the early morning hours of February 14, 2013.

The couple had been arguing most of the evening, according to court case files, because Carla wanted Pearman to move out of the couple's home so her son would be allowed to return to her home.

Her then seven-year-old son, who is from a previous relationship, was in his father's custody after Pearman was arrested in December 2012 on child abuse against him.

The couple was scheduled to make an appearance in court the next morning.

Pearman told what happened after he struck his wife two or three times.

"She begged me and told me she would do whatever I wanted her to do," he said.

The detective asks, "Then what happened?"

Pearman responds, "That's when I started choking her."

The detective asks Pearman how long he chocked his wife.  He told the detective he did not know, but it was a long time.

The Detective then asks, "So she did fight back when you first started chocking her?"

Pearman responds, "Yes, she did try to fight back."

"When she started to fight back what happened?" the detective asks.

"I didn't stop" was his response.

News 2 also obtained a written and signed confession Pearman wrote of the murder for Murfreesboro police detectives.

In it, Pearman writes he and his wife started fighting around 4 a.m. Wednesday "cause [he] was in a bad mood didn't feel like talking or training Carla at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning."

The confession goes on to say:

"I was upset over the court date that was set the next day 2-14-13. We argued over text message throughout the day while we were both at work. When I came home around 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that evening I noticed the garage door was wide open, when I walked in the door I had clothes piled up by the door. I asked her what was going on, she told me that she thought it would help if I left but she wasn't sure. She then preceeded (sic) to tell me that she had talked to an attorney, the guy at DCS and they told her she would never get her son back as long as I lived in the house and the faster she got me out the better it would look on her and she didn't need to appear in court with me on Thursday 2/14/13 at 8 a.m. because it would make her look like a horrible mother that she chose her husband over her son."

The confession said the couple argued and talked about the issue until around 1 a.m.

He writes:

"We laid in bed and continued to talk/argue about what to do. At that time of everything that happened I was suicidal never homicidal and I was set off by something she said and I hit her 2 or 3 times in the face then choked her."

Pearman added the couple struggled, and after his wife was dead, he got into bed next to her for a bit.

Then, according to his written confession, he went to his garage to find his gun to commit suicide, but could not find the weapon.

According to an investigator's notes in the case files, a friend told authorities that the night Carla planned to ask him to leave, she hid his gun.

Pearman said after he searched the house and could not find his gun, he called his parents.

He writes:

"I called my parents, told them what I had done, I left the house, headed south."

Pearman's parents called 911, and when police arrived at the couple's Murfreesboro home, they reported finding Carla's body in the couple's master bedroom.

Pearman later turned himself in to authorities in Coffee County.

Court records show the couple was having serious marital issues and both had told friends they would likely be divorcing in the near future.

The court case files also show allegations that Pearman, who was a personal trainer at the Murfreesboro Athletic Club, had been unfaithful to his wife both prior to and after they wed.

Court records said Carla sent a nude picture of at least one woman her husband was in contact with to a friend when she said she discovered it on his cell phone.

Pearman still faces aggravated child abuse charges in connection with Carla's son.

Attorneys for Pearman and the district attorney's office agreed to put Pearman on trial for both cases at the same time.

In exchange, the DA's office agreed not to seek the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole if Pearman is convicted.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

His trial is scheduled to begin March 24, 2014 and is slated to run approximately five days.

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