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Barrett Indicted In Trimble Murder

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Murder Victim Marcia Trimble Murder Victim Marcia Trimble
Jerome Barrett Jerome Barrett

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Jerome Barrett has been indicted in the murder of Marcia Trimble. The announcement was made Friday morning at the Metro District Attorney's office.

Convicted rapist and accused murderer, Jerome Barrett was linked, in December of 2007, by scientific evidence to the death of 9 year old Marcia Trimble 32 years ago. 

District Attorney Torry Johnson announced Friday the indictment in the 1975 murder of Marcia Trimble. The Davidson County grand jury heard the case on Tuesday and returned a sealed indictment against Barrett on charges of first degree murder and felony murder. The sealed indictment became open on Friday morning when Barrett was served in jail. He's currently in the Davidson County jail awaiting trial on another murder charge for the 1975 killing of Vanderbilt University student Sarah Des Prez.

Johnson said it's a case that no one has forgotten, and for the benefit of the Trimble family he was pleased to make the announcement Friday.

Trimble was 9 years old and delivering cookies when she disappeared on February 25, 1975.

After weeks of extensive searches, her body was discovered in a Green Hills garage on Estes Road on March 30, 1975.

In the years since her murder, the police department has continued actively investigating the case. The recent scientific proof led to the indictment.

But if Marcia was indeed Barrett's victim, she may not have been the first.  The pattern began in Memphis. In May of 1967, Barrett was investigated for theft, but not charged.

Then in July 1967, he was investigated for a homicide, but released after two days. Still in Memphis, Barrett was investigated and then released in connection with a theft in March of 1968 and a burglary in September of the same year. 

In January of 1973, he was arrested for attempted rape and a stabbing. In fact, the report reads Barrett was running and had blood on his hands and blood on his face and mouth". 

Barrett was never charged with this crime. 

In 1974, Barrett was convicted of carnal knowledge and assault with intent to rape. He served his time in the old Tennessee prison and then got out a year and a half later on parole. Then, Barrett moved to Nashville.

On February 2, 1975 police said Barrett raped and murdered Vanderbilt co-ed Sarah Des Prez. He was charged though 32 years later. 

In February 16, 1975, police said Barrett raped a Belmont student and was later convicted. 

But before he was arrested for that rape police said he tried to rape a woman on Fairfax Avenue on February 23, 1975.  Two days later, sources said DNA linked him to the rape and murder of Marcia Trimble, and then just weeks later on March 9, 1975, police said he raped an Acklen park woman. 

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