Murfreesboro husband charged after wife found dead

Jacob Pearman
Jacob Pearman is accused of killing his wife of three months inside their Murfreesboro home.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 30-year-old Murfreesboro man was arrested and charged with his wife’s murder early Thursday morning.

Officers arrested Jacob Pearman, 30, after they discovered the body of his wife, Carla, 30, at their home in the 800 block of Kanatak Lane off Blaze Drive and Old Fort Parkway.

Major Clyde Adkison of the Murfreesboro Police Department said officers responded to the home around 3:20 a.m. following a 911 call from Jacob’s parents who wanted police to check on him because he had threatened suicide.

When police got to the home, they found Carla’s body in a bedroom. Police didn’t say how she died, but did say there was no sign of a firearm or knife. An autopsy will be performed.

Jacob Pearman was located just before 6 a.m. about 40 miles away in Manchester after a detective called his phone and left a message.

Jacob Pearman with his wife Carla.

Pearman surrendered after speaking with the hostage negotiator.

Detectives said during an interview Pearman admitted to killing his wife.

Pearman is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond at the Rutherford County jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 4.

Neighbors said Pearman worked as a personal trainer in Murfreesboro.

According to Facebook, the couple was just married in November.

Criminal Past

Jacob Pearman has had two recent run-ins with Murfreesboro police.

He was arrested December 14 for aggravated child abuse against Carla Pearman’s seven-year-old son. He was due to appear in court on the charges Thursday.

In the arrest report, the seven-year-old said he walked to Blackman Elementary School around 6:30 a.m. in the morning.

The school called 911 when the boy showed up dressed in pajamas and barefoot.

When police made contact with the Pearmans, Carla told police Jacob woke her up around 6:30 a.m. and was told her son was missing.

Police took the couple to Blackman Elementary where the officer stated they observed an injury to the child’s eye and redness to his neck.

Jacob Pearman is charged with first degree murder.

The child told police in the report that Jacob Pearman woke him up and told him to get up, then kicked him in the stomach and grabbed him around the neck and threw him to the floor where he hit his head on a wall.

The child stated he ran away because he heard his mom and stepdad arguing the night before about him and thought that if he left early, Jake would be happy.

The child also stated he wanted to go to his dad’s home but that it was far away and he didn’t know how to get there, so he wanted to go to the school because it was a safe place to go.

Police also made contact with the school guidance counselor during the investigation, who informed police she had contact with the child on several occasions; once on September 6, 2012 due to concerns from a teacher over bruises on his back and sleepiness and again on October 22, 2012 concerning bruising on his face and that the child stated it was from wrestling with his mom’s boyfriend.

The arrest report also indicates the counselor had contact with the child on October 23, 2012 because the child came to school with a pirate patch over his eye. When he was told to take it off the child stated his mother told him to wear it so people would stop worrying about his bruises.

The child was taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center for medical treatment on December 14 and Jacob Pearman was arrested.

There was also an incident at the couple’s home on January 15.

According to police records, an officer responded to the residence following a verbal dispute.

Documents show Jacob Pearman stated he and his wife, Carla, got in a verbal argument. Carla stated the couple was “going through a tough time” and “on the verge of a divorce.”

Carla also stated that no threats were made and she was not assaulted.

No arrests were made.

Murfreesboro police said the child was not at home when Carla was killed. The child is staying with his biological father.

Pearman’s court date for the aggravated child abuse charge was rescheduled for April 9.

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