Marcia Trimble murder trial to begin next week - WKRN News 2

Marcia Trimble murder trial to begin next week

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Convicted killer Jerome Barrett will stand next week for the 1975 murder of nine-year-old Marcia Trimble.

Trimble was delivering Girl Scout cookies in her Green Hills neighborhood when she went missing more than three decades ago.

Barrett was charged with her murder in June 2008.

He appeared in court Wednesday for a motion's hearing.

The state and the defense have disagreed about whether vaginal swabs taken from Trimble should be admitted as evidence in the trial.

Prosecutors argue the swabs are not reliable and were not properly stored.

The judge ruled the swabs will not be excluded from the case.

The judge also ruled Wednesday the jury will be allowed to hear evidence from Trimble's autopsy examination.

Another hearing is set for Friday morning.

Barrett was found guilty of first degree murder in January for the slaying of Vanderbilt student Sarah Des Prez who was found dead in her Nashville apartment in February 1975.

Like he was for the Des Prez case, Barrett will be tried under the statutes of 1975 for the Trimble murder and thus does not face the death penalty and will likely be sentenced by the jury.

Jury selection for the Trimble trial will begin Monday.

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