Jailhouse snitch will testify in Trimble trial, neighbor won't, judge rules
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Convicted killer Jerome Barrett will stand next week for the 1975 murder of nine-year-old Marcia Trimble.
In January, Barrett was convicted of killing Vanderbilt student Sarah Des Prez who was slain the same year Trimble died.
On Friday, Judge Steve Dozier ruled jurors will never hear about the Des Prez murder case.
They also won't hear testimony from a Nashville woman whose family lived in the same neighborhood as Trimble, and was brutally attacked just two days before her disappearance.
"The probative value to authoring that proof would be to show that Mr. Barrett had a reason or intent to be in that neighborhood and then for some unknown reason, knowing a nine-year-old is not a 24-year-old, just happened upon the circumstances that led him to be involved in the Trimble disappearance," Dozier explained.
One ruling that could work in the prosecution's favor is the testimony jurors will hear from Sheldon Anter, the jailhouse snitch who says Barrett told him he killed Trimble but didn't rape her.
"During an altercation, Jerome, we call him AJ, said he and Frank White got into an argument, he said I have killed four people and have no problem killing again," Anter has said.
Between 25 and 30 witnesses could be called to testify in the trial that is expected to last for several days.
Trimble was delivering Girl Scout cookies in her Green Hills neighborhood when she disappeared in February 1975.
Her body was discovered several weeks later in a shed near her home on Easter Sunday.
Barrett was charged with her murder in June 2008.
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.