No Charges Against Former Hearne Police Officer Who Killed Elderly Woman

Courtesy: Dennis Phillips / Robertson County News
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FRANKLIN - A Robertson County Grand Jury decides former Hearne police office Stephen Stem will not face charges for the shooting death of 93-year-old Pearlie Golden.

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 case was originally supposed to be presented to the grand jury in August. But, the hearing was delayed. Only 10 of the 12 grand jurors reported for duty. Two called in with conflicts and were excused. Nine yes votes are needed for an indictment.