Husband now faces June trial for Valentine's Day murder of wife
March 5, 2014 03:02 PM CST
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
The Murfreesboro man charged with killing his new wife a year ago on Valentine's Day now faces a June trial date.
Jacob Pearman has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his wife, Carla, in 2013. The two had only been married six months at the time of her death.
Pearman's trial was scheduled to start later this month. It will now begin June 16 and is expected to last six days.
During a pretrial hearing Monday, Pearman walked homicide detectives through the final moments of his wife's life, saying the couple had been fighting about his wife's son from a previous relationship.
The then seven-year-old was removed from the couple's home because of child abuse charges filed against Pearman. He was to be court later that Valentine's Day to face the charges.
In exchange for allowing both the murder and abuse cases to be tried together, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
The judge Wednesday also ruled that a videotaped confession by Pearman can be shown to the jury. The defense asked that jurors only hear audio from the file.