A local judge this week denied a change in venue request from accused murderer Jacob Pearman. Judge David Bragg on Tuesday said there was no proof of unfair pre-trial publicity that would cause a move outside the area. You'll recall, Pearman is charged with murdering his wife Carla Pearman in their Blackman area home on Valentine's Day in 2013. He is also charged with child abuse for an incident in the days before the murder involving Carla's son. Pearman confessed to punching and then choking his wife to death after they argued about his child abuse charges. According to Pearman's confession, Carla Pearman told Jacob that she would not be attending a court hearing scheduled for the next day in regard to his child abuse charge. She also told him that he needed to move out of the home so she could regain custody of her son.