NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville judge on Tuesday granted convicted murderer Jerome Barrett the right to appeal his conviction in the Sarah Des Prez case.
A jury found Barrett guilty of first degree murder in January for the murder of the Vanderbilt student who was found dead in her Nashville apartment on February 2, 1975.
Metro's public defender office is working to get Barrett a new attorney.
He is scheduled to go on trial next month for the murder of nine-year-old Marcia Trimble.
She disappeared around the same time Des Prez was killed, while delivering Girl Scout cookies in Green Hills.
Like he was for the Des Prez case, Barrett will be tried under the statutes of 1975 for the Trimble trial and thus does not face the death penalty and will likely be sentenced by the jury.