Man who killed his wife had served federal sentence for steroids

MURFREESBORO – Three years before he killed his wife, Jacob Pearman served a year in federal prison for illegal steroids, court records show, and prosecutors plan to use it against him at an early March sentencing hearing.

Pearman, 32, who was sentenced to life in prison last week for murdering his wife, Carla Dillard Pearman, on Valentine’s Day 2013, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court six years ago to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute anabolic steroids, a Schedule III controlled substance, documents show.

Prosecutors filed a notice in Circuit Court in July 2014 that they planned to use the federal conviction to attack Pearman’s character if he testified in the trial, which wrapped up Jan. 20 after an eight-day process that started with a full day of jury selection.

“We would have sought to bring that up to impeach him,” Assistant District Attorney J. Paul Newman said. “It will be brought up in the sentencing.”

Pearman, who waived his right to testify, is to be sentenced March 2 for child abuse by kicking 7-year-old Maddox Thomas, the son of Carla, at their home in December 2012 and aggravated assault for strangling the child.

Authorities arrested Pearman in mid-September 2007 on charges that he and another man made and distributed Testosterone Decanate and Stanazolol between March 1, 2007 and Sept. 14, 2007. Pearman pleaded guilty and started his sentence at a federal facility Feb. 26, 2009.

After serving the time, he was to remain on probation for two years and go through drug testing and substance abuse treatment, which could have included 30-day inpatient treatment followed by 90 days in a community correction center if the probation officer felt it was necessary, court documents show.

Pearman also was prohibited from owning or carrying weapons and was to cooperate with the collection of DNA samples. Once he and Carla got married, however, he bought a gun, according to court testimony.

Court documents also show Pearman was charged by Maury County Sheriff’s Office with selling alcoholic beverages to a minor in January 2010. Nearly a year before that, on Feb. 6, 2009, he was charged with simple domestic assault but was convicted on a lesser charge of vandalism and given a one-year suspended sentence.

Maddox, a wispy blond-headed boy who is now 10, testified during the trial that Jacob came to his room that December morning, pulled him out of bed and choked and kicked him, slamming him into the wall. The child ran to school in 20-degree temperatures, and a Blackman Elementary School counselor picked him up.

Pearman was arrested later that morning, but when Carla confronted him about the allegations at Murfreesboro Police Department, he told her Maddox probably got the injuries during a wrestling match a few days earlier.

However, Murfreesboro Police officers testified that when they checked the child the previous night after receiving a complaint about potential child abuses, they did not see the injuries that Maddox sustained.

A worker at the Blackman Elementary School YMCA after-school program called police that night because she found him hiding, afraid to go home with Pearman. The YMCA worker called police, but when they went to the Pearmans’ home on Kanatak Lane, they found out Jacob had taken the child to Murfreesboro Athletic Club, where he worked as a trainer.

Ironically, Carla met Jacob at the MAC, a popular fitness club on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro, according to testimony. They went on their first date in mid-October, 2011, when Pearman still would have been on probation.

They were engaged in September 2012 and married on Nov. 18, 2012 after moving up the marriage by about six months, according to testimony.

Less than a month later, Jacob was arrested on the child abuse and aggravated assault charge. Two months later, he killed Carla, the state contended, because she wasn’t going to testify for him in a court hearing on the beating of Maddox.

Pearman’s attorney, Luke Evans, could not be reached for comment on this article.

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