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Jury for Barrett trial seated, Opening statements set to begin

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Jerome Barrett Jerome Barrett
Marcia Trimble Marcia Trimble

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday morning in murder trial of convicted killer Jerome Barrett.

Barrett, who was convicted earlier this year of killing Vanderbilt student Sarah Des Prez, is charged with first degree murder and felony murder in the 1975 death of nine-year-old Marcia Trimble.

Trimble's mother, Virginia, will be among the first of 25 to 30 witnesses to testify.

A jury of five men and seven women was selected around 3 p.m. Tuesday.  Two alternates, one male and one female, were also chosen.

DNA evidence is expected to play a major role in the trial.

Barrett was charged with Trimble's murder last summer after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.

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.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The trial is expected to last for several days and could go into the weekend.

News 2 will stream the trial live at WKRN.COM.

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