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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on May 11, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Luke A. Evans and Heather G. Parker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the Defendant- Appellant, Jacob Pearman.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; Jennings H. Jones, District Attorney General; J. Paul Newman and Dana Minor, Assistant District Attorneys General; William C. Whitesell, Jr., Special Prosecutor, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): McMULLEN

The Defendant-Appellant, Jacob Pearman, was convicted as charged by a Rutherford County Circuit Court jury of first degree premeditated murder, aggravated assault, and child abuse, and he received an effective sentence of life imprisonment plus five years. See T.C.A. §§ 39-13-202(a)(1), -102(a)(1), -15-401(a). On appeal, Pearman argues: (1) the trial court erred in denying his motion for a change of venue; (2) the trial court abused its discretion in declining to strike a juror for cause; (3) the evidence is insufficient to show that he premeditated the victim’s killing; (4) the trial court erred in admitting the victim’s statements pursuant to the state of mind hearsay objection; (5) the State committed prosecutorial misconduct during its rebuttal closing argument; and (6) the trial court failed to properly exercise its role as the thirteenth juror.1 We affirm the judgments of the trial court.