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The case against a Murfreesboro man accused of killing his wife is moving forward.
Jacob Pearman is charged with first degree murder. Investigators say he killed his wife Carla last month inside their Murfreesboro home.
During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors played a videotaped interview with Pearman. During the interview, Pearman admits to choking his wife to death.
A judge has found probable cause to send this case to the grand jury.
Prosecutors have not determined if they will seek the death penalty in this case.
"Review the facts and I will sit down with Mr. (Paul) Newman, and also probably with the family of the young lady, and discuss that, and make a final determination of which way we'll proceed," says DA Bill Whitesell.
Pearman remains in the Rutherford County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
Monday, March 11 2013, 11:47 PM CDT
TBI: Women more likely family violence victims
June 20, 2013 08:10 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new study of domestic violence in Tennessee last year found women were nearly two times more likely to be victimized than men and children were the victims in 16 percent of all family violence cases.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put out a report this week analyzing crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the state. Their findings show that nearly 15 percent of all crimes reported were domestic in nature.
The study looked at the relationships between victims and offenders as well as the influence of drugs and alcohol on family violence. The study found that more than 17 percent of family violence involves drugs or alcohol, with alcohol being the most common.
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