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Pearman trial set for Jan. 12, 2015

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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.

Pearman, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, is also charged with aggravated child abuse in connection with an incident involving his wife’s son.

In a hearing Friday, Bragg said he will issue a written court order on the defense’s motion to dismiss an indictment against Pearman because it combines the first-degree murder charge and aggravated child abuse charge, according to Newman.

The judge also set an Aug. 1 deadline for the filing of motions by the state and defense regarding text messages made in connection with the homicide. Bragg scheduled a Sept. 3 hearing on any motions filed.

The judge also addressed an agreement between the state and defense in which the prosecution agreed to postpone the trial as long as the defendant would not oppose the participation of District Attorney General Bill Whitesell, who is scheduled to leave the post in September.

“Gen. Whitesell has agreed to be part of the prosecution team as a special prosecutor,” Newman stated.

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