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Jury selection underway in Jerome Barrett's murder trial

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jury selection for the trial of the man accused in one of Nashville's oldest cold cases is underway in Nashville Monday.

Convicted killer Jerome Barrett is charged with first degree murder and felony murder in the 1975 death 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 jury will hear testimony from Sheldon Anter, the jailhouse snitch who says Barrett told him he killed Trimble.

Between 25 and 30 witnesses could be called to testify in the trial that is expected to last for several days.

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

Jury selection will continue Tuesday.

The jury will be from Davidson County and will be sequestered.

Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday morning.

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