Shooting Death Of Elderly Woman Not Presented To Grand Jury Today As Expected

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FRANKLIN – The case of the former Hearne police officer who shot and killed a 93-year-old woman was supposed to be presented to a Robertson County Grand Jury today. But, the hearing was delayed. Only ten of the 12 grand jurors reported for duty and one more had to recuse themselves. Nine yes votes are needed for an indictment.

Pearlie Golden was shot and killed by Stephen Stem on May 6. Stem responded to a 911 call from Golden’s nephew, Roy Jones, Jr., after she grabbed her revolver. Jones said she got upset when he refused to give Golden her car keys after her driver’s license had not been renewed.

Jones says Stem shot Golden after she fired two shots into the ground and refused to drop her weapon. But Stem told his attorney that Golden never fired any shots. Four days later, the city council voted unanimously to fire Stem.

The Texas Rangers investigated the shooting and then turned their findings over the District Attorney’s Office.

The District Attorney’s Office will now be present the case to the Grand Jury on September 9.