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Judge declines to drop charges against Arnold
Judge declines to drop charges against Arnold

A federal judge confirmed a Feb. 7 trial date for Sheriff Robert Arnold and two co-conspirators and denied a request to drop seven counts of criminal charges filed against them.

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The trial must go on
The trial must go on

U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Sharp is sticking with a Feb. 7 trial date for Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and two co-defendants, putting the onus on himself to rule soon on two motions to dismiss criminal charges.

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Sheriff Arnold taken into custody
Sheriff Arnold taken into custody

Indicted Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold was taken into federal custody Wednesday morning after a judge decided he should be jailed for violating bond conditions.

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'I didn't mean to kill him,' says murder defendant during 911 call
'I didn't mean to kill him,' says murder defendant during 911 call

Murder defendant Reggie Bowling told police he killed a man after a night of drinking when he "disrespected" him and flirted with his girlfriend, according to court testimony.

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Cellphones sealed until Bowling's trial
Cellphones sealed until Bowling's trial

Information contained on the cellphones of murder defendant Brandon Bowling and victim Heather Nicole Maples is being placed under seal until the evidence is introduced at trial.

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Charges bound over in Gareion Simmons' hearing
Charges bound over in Gareion Simmons' hearing

Video from a Rutherford County Sheriff's officer's vehicle shows a black Escalade allegedly stolen by Gareion Simmons speeding in the wrong lane on I-24 and nearly hitting two officers in the median before crashing into two vehicles and killing a young woman on South Church Street.

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Trial date set for 2017 in JailCigs case
Trial date set for 2017 in JailCigs case

Facing a mountain of evidence from the U.S. Department of Justice, indicted Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and two co-defendants are getting six months to prepare for court, pushing a trial back from early August.

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Trio files 'not guilty' pleas
Trio files 'not guilty' pleas

As expected, Rutherford County's sheriff, chief administrative deputy and uncle filed not guilty pleas in federal court and avoided arraignment.

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Closing statements made in Lytle Creek murder trial
Closing statements made in Lytle Creek murder trial

Jury deliberates today.

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Warner found guilty in Lytle Creek murder
Warner found guilty in Lytle Creek murder

Charles Warner was found guilty today of killing Emad Al Azraki by slashing his throat and dumping his body in Lytle Creek in May 2014.

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Trial continues in Lytle Creek murder
Trial continues in Lytle Creek murder

A former Rutherford County jail inmate testified Tuesday murder defendant Charles Warner told him he killed a man who stole from him in 2014 "as a warrior in God's name."

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Trial opens in Lytle Creek murder
Trial opens in Lytle Creek murder

Prosecutors began setting the scene of a murder Monday as the trial opened for Charles Warner, who is charged with killing Emad Al Azraki and dumping his body in Lytle Creek in early May 2014.

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Murder charges against Hughes bound over to grand jury
Murder charges against Hughes bound over to grand jury

"I saw fire come out of the barrel," eyewitness testifies.

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$1 million bond set for murder defendant in Maples killing
$1 million bond set for murder defendant in Maples killing

A $1 million bond was set Wednesday for Brandon Bowling, charged with killing Heather Nicole Maples after investigators linked his DNA and fingerprint to her murder.

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Patel cousins found guilty of solicitation, conspiracy to commit murder
Patel cousins found guilty of solicitation, conspiracy to commit murder

A Circuit Court jury found two men guilty today in a murder-for-hire plot involving one of the men's wife, who was supposed to be killed just days after he took out a $6 million life insurance policy on her.

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Hearing postponed in vehicular homicide case
Hearing postponed in vehicular homicide case

A Circuit Court hearing was postponed Friday morning until September for a woman accused of running over a young teen along I-24 while under the influence of drugs.

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Man pleads guilty to 2012 murder
Man pleads guilty to 2012 murder

A former Walter Hill man pleaded guilty in the 2012 murder of a homeless man killed in an argument over an EBT card.

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Pearman gets five years added to prison sentence
Pearman gets five years added to prison sentence

MURFREESBORO - Circuit Court Judge David Bragg added five years to a life sentence for Jacob Pearman, who was convicted in January of killing his newlywed bride on Valentine's Day 2013.

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Bess trial postponed due to procedural issue
Bess trial postponed due to procedural issue

The murder trial for Jewell Moses Bess is being postponed from February after defense and state attorneys clashed over a procedural issue for medical experts to testify.

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Pearman guilty of first-degree murder, child abuse
Pearman guilty of first-degree murder, child abuse

A 12-person jury found Jacob Pearman guilty Tuesday (Jan. 20) of premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day 2013 death of this wife and the assault and child abuse of her 7-year-old child.

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Verdict: Pearman guilty of first-degree murder, assault and child abuse

MURFREESBORO - A 12-person jury found Jacob Pearman guilty Tuesday of premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day 2013 death of this wife and the assault and child abuse of her 7-year-old child.

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Trial Day 6: Pearman case goes to jury

MURFREESBORO - Jacob Pearman had a choice to make when he argued with Carla Pearman in the hours before her murder, prosecutors argued in Circuit Court Monday before jurors began deliberating.

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Trial Day 5: Defense rests in Pearman murder trial

MURFREESBORO - The defense rested its case Saturday in the trial of former Murfreesboro Athletic Club trainer Jacob Pearman, who is charged with abusing his stepson and two months later killing his newlywed wife, Carla.

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Trial Day 4: Witness says Pearman threatened to kill his wife if she didn't testify for him

MURFREESBORO - A childhood friend of Carla Pearman testified Friday that Jacob Pearman said he would kill her if she didn't testify on his behalf at a child abuse hearing set for Feb. 14, 2013.

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Trial Day 2: Carla Pearman confronted husband at MPD

MURFREESBORO - Carla Pearman broke down as she talked to her husband, Jacob Pearman, at Murfreesboro Police Department, begging him to swear that he didn't assault her 7-year-old son the morning he was arrested for child abuse on Dec. 14, 2012.

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Murder suspect in Rutherford County will not receive reduced sentence.
Murder suspect in Rutherford County will not receive reduced sentence.

A man who plead guilty to second degree murder and attempted first degree murder before Judge David Bragg in Rutherford County wants to be heard again.

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Tennessee Supreme Court denies Madden’s appeal
Tennessee Supreme Court denies Madden’s appeal

The Tennessee Supreme Court denied an appeal by the woman convicted in the stabbing death of an MTSU Lady Raiders basketball player, but her attorney plans to keep trying to push the case to the nation’s highest court.

 

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Madden appeal denied
Madden appeal denied

The Tennessee Supreme Court denied an appeal by the woman convicted in the stabbing death of an MTSU Lady Raiders basketball player, but her attorney plans to keep trying to push the case to the nation’s highest court.

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Judge sets Tramel-Arnold jury trial for Oct. 28
Judge sets Tramel-Arnold jury trial for Oct. 28

A U.S. District Court judge has denied Rutherford County’s request for summary judgment and set an Oct. 28 jury trial in a lawsuit filed by former Sheriff’s Detective Jim Tramel, who claims he was fired by Sheriff Robert Arnold in June 2013 for political reasons.

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Judge sets Tramel-Arnold jury trial for Oct. 28

A U.S. District Court judge has denied Rutherford County’s request for summary judgment and set an Oct. 28 jury trial in a lawsuit filed by former Sheriff’s Detective Jim Tramel, who claims he was fired by Sheriff Robert Arnold in June 2013 for political reasons.

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Bess trial delayed so psychologist can testify
Bess trial delayed so psychologist can testify

The murder trial for Jewell Moses Bess will be continued – likely until February 2015 – after a Circuit Court judge granted the defense’s request for a psychologist to testify whether Bess’s former wife was suicidal before she died in 1986.

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Jernigan trial for campaign signs theft charge set Sept. 10
Jernigan trial for campaign signs theft charge set Sept. 10

Campaign sign theft charges against Rutherford County Commissioner Joe Frank Jernigan are scheduled for trial Sept. 10, but a Cannon County judge will hear the case after General Sessions Judge David Loughry recused himself.

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Mosque suit ends
Mosque suit ends

Four years and some $350,000 later, the argument over the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro appears to be over – at least the fight over public notice.

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Pearman trial set for Jan. 12, 2015
Pearman trial set for Jan. 12, 2015

Circuit Court Judge David Bragg Friday set a Jan. 12, 2015 trial date for Jacob Pearman, who is accused in the Valentine’s Day murder of his wife, according to Assistant District Attorney J. Paul Newman.

Pearman is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly choking and killing his newlywed wife, Carla, Feb. 14, 2013. Pearman was arrested the next day in Manchester after fleeing Murfreesboro in a Jeep Wrangler.

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Pearman murder trial postponed until January
Pearman murder trial postponed until January

The murder trial of Jacob Pearman, charged in the Valentine’s Day 2013 murder of his wife, has been postponed until January 2015, according to Assistant District Attorney J. Paul Newman.

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Madden’s lawyer seeks appeal to state Supreme Court
Madden’s lawyer seeks appeal to state Supreme Court

Woman was convicted of murdering MTSU women’s basketball player

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Murder case to be featured on Investigation Discovery
“Twists and turns” of a 1982 murder investigation solved three years ago by Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office detectives will be portrayed on Investigation Discovery’s “Main Street Mysteries” next year.
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