Trimble verdict has special meaning for police captain - WKRN News 2

Trimble verdict has special meaning for police captain

Marcia Trimble Marcia Trimble
Capt. Mickey Miller Capt. Mickey Miller

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Saturday's guilty verdict closes the Marcia Trimble case for dozens of people who spent years investigating the murder.

A jury found Jerome Barrett guilty of second degree murder over the weekend, more than 30 years after the crime.

Metro Police Captain Mickey Miller picked up the case in 1990, 15 years after the nine-year-old disappeared in her Green Hills neighborhood.

Saturday morning, after the verdict had been read and as Miller stood next to Marcia's mother, Virginia Trimble Ritter, he said he never expected the attention to turn toward him.

She, however, had a different plan for her friend of 19 years.

She gifted Miller a painting that Marcia made two weeks before she died, a gesture that caught him completely by surprise.

Sitting in his office Monday morning, with part of the thick case file still on his desk, Miller told News 2 the painting means more than he can even articulate.

"It symbolizes Marcia.  It symbolizes what she believed in and her hopes and her dreams, just a lot of things," he said.  "It's hard to describe or put into words."

Trimble Ritter told Miller her little girl painted the picture after deciding she wanted to be baptized and join the church.

The painting references the crucifixion and now hangs in the great room in Miller's house.

"About a month ago, the crucifix I had in there had fallen and broke and I've been looking for a new one and when Virginia gave me that, I knew it's where it was meant to be," he said.

The painting also shows one of Marcia's fingerprints because police dusted the painting for prints in 1975, when they started looking for her.

"It's very significant in my heart," said Miller, who hoped a day would come when his first order of business in the office would not be opening the Trimble file.

That day finally has.

"It'll take awhile for it to sink in that this is finally over," he said.

Miller said he hopes the Trimble case gives hope to other families still waiting for answers.

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