Jury selected in '75 murder trial - WKRN News 2

Jury selected in '75 murder trial

Jerome Barrett Jerome Barrett
Marcia Trimble Marcia Trimble

A jury has been chosen in the trial of the man accused of killing a Vanderbilt University student more than 30 years ago.

Sarah Des Prez was 19 years old when she was found dead in her apartment near the university in 1975.

Jerome Barrett was arrested in November 2007 after police linked DNA found in Des Prez's bedding to him.

Defense attorneys for Barrett fought and won to get a jury selected outside of Nashville.

The panel, 12 jurors and two alternates, were selected Monday in Chattanooga and are expected to travel to Nashville Tuesday.

Barrett, 61, is also charged in the 1975 murder of nine-year-old Girl Scout Marcia Trimble, who disappeared during the same time period Des Prez was killed.

He will go on trial for her murder later this year.

Opening statements in the Des Prez case will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A pre-trial hearing is set for Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Jurors will be sequestered for the duration of the trial.

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