NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The fate of the man accused in the 1975 slaying of a local college student could be decided Friday.
Testimony concluded Thursday in the murder trial of Jerome Barrett and closing arguments wrapped up around 10 a.m. Friday.
The jury began deliberations around 10:30 a.m.
Barrett, 61, is charged in the 1975 rape and murder of Vanderbilt University student Sarah Des Prez.
The jury will have to decide whether he is guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or neither.
Des Prez was 19-years-old when she was found dead in her apartment not far from the university's campus on February 2, 1975.
Because Barrett is being tried under the statutes from the year the crime was committed, he does not face the death penalty and the jury will sentence him.
The maximum punishment for first-degree murder is life in prison.
If Barrett is found guilty of second-degree murder, he faces 10 years to life in prison.
Should the jury not find Barrett guilty of first or second degree murder, he will be acquitted.