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Judge to decide whether to allow inmate testimony


The murder trial of the man accused of killing a Vanderbilt University student more than three decades ago begins Wednesday in Nashville.

Tuesday, the judge heard from the prosecution and defense as to whether testimony should be allowed from an inmate who was in jail with Jerome Barrett.

Sheldon Anter said Barrett made several violent comments during arguments with two other inmates and threatened to kill them.
Barrett's lawyer, Kerry Haymakers, argues testimony from Anter may be untrue.

The prosecution told the judge Anter's testimony is germane to their case and he should be allowed to testify.

The judge will make a final decision Wednesday morning when opening statements are scheduled to begin.

Barrett, 61, is accused of murdering 19-year-old Sarah Des Prez.  Her body was found in her apartment in February 1975.

His trial is expected to last about a week.

Barrett will go on trial for the murder of nine-year-old Girl Scout Marcia Trimble later this year.  Her body was discovered that same year.

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