Convicted Murderer Accusing Former District Attorney of Misconduct

Jacob Pearman

Jacob Pearman

An attorney for a Murfreesboro man who was found guilty of killing his wife on Valentine’s Day 2013 and abusing her son is now accusing a former Rutherford County district attorney general of prosecution misconduct.
Carla Pearman was the former Carla Dillard of Manchester and was a 2002 graduate of Coffee County High School.
Luke Evans said during a motion hearing for a new trial Friday that closing statements in his client’s trial “tainted the jury” and didn’t give Pearman a chance to respond since the state got the final word.
Bill Whitesell, who’s now retired, was back in a courtroom Friday, not prosecuting a case, but defending himself against some bold allegations.
Evans said he asked Judge David Bragg to rectify a wrong and grant his client a new trial.
Evans said Whitesell made statements regarding injuries to the victim’s son and about Pearman’s lack of remorse.
Evans said those closing statements were improper oral arguments where the state attempted to shift the burden to the defense.
Bragg denied the motion for a new trial and will issue a written order about his ruling.
Pearman waived his right to appear Friday and is currently serving life in prison.
Evans said he plans to appeal.