Jury deliberations continue in Trimble trial - WKRN News 2

Jury deliberations continue in Trimble trial

Posted: Updated: July 18, 2009 08:48 AM CDT
Jerome Barrett Jerome Barrett
Marcia Trimble Marcia Trimble

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville jury Saturday continues to deliberate the fate of the man charged in the 1975 strangulation death of Marcia Trimble.

Jerome Barrett is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the nine-year-old, whose body was found 33 days after she went missing while delivering Girl Scout cookies in her Green Hills neighborhood.

The case remained cold for three decades until DNA evidence put Barrett at the crime scene and he was charged in June of 2008.

The defense rested Friday morning after putting witnesses on the stand designed to cast doubt on the girl's time of death.

Jurors began deliberations around 1:40 p.m. Friday.

Dinner accommodations were made for the jury and deliberations were supposed to end at 7:30 p.m., but continued for another hour.

Jurors resumed deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

A verdict in the trial that began Monday morning is possible Saturday.

Barrett is being tried under the statutes of 1975, so he does not face the death penalty and the jury will sentence him.

The Marcia Trimble case has been regarded as the most notorious in Nashville history because of the circumstances surrounding her death and the length of the investigation.

Barrett was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to life in prison for the 1975 slaying of Vanderbilt student Sarah Des Prez.

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