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Retired Detective Has Questions After Murder Indictment

Retired Detective Tommy Jacobs Retired Detective Tommy Jacobs
picture of Jerome Barrett at age 26 and age 60 picture of Jerome Barrett at age 26 and age 60
Murder victim Marcia Trimble Murder victim Marcia Trimble

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Jerome Sydney Barrett was indicted for the 1975 murder of Marcia Trimble. Friday morning's indictment is the beginning of closure for many, but one retired detective said he still has unanswered questions.

After more than 30 years, detectives said they can identify the man accused of taking Nashville's innocence away.  Jerome Sydney Barrett is now charged in the murder of Marcia Trimble. 

This is the beginning of closure for many, including Marcia's mother and then the detectives. Many of the same detectives have worked on this case from the very beginning, and now 33 years later they feel they know who killed the young Girl Scout.

February 25, 1975 marks the beginning of a quarter of a century spent trying to figure out what happened to 9 year old Marcia Trimble for retired Detective Tommy Jacobs. But, even to those who know this case well, the circumstances are intriguing. Jacobs said it is a relief to know finally justice will be served, but still only a partial answer to the questions he's tried to answer since February 25, 1975.

"Even to this day, it's hard for me to accept the fact that there was an adult, male, African American person in this neighborhood with enough time to kidnap, and murder, and assault a child, and get away and nobody saw him," said Jacobs. "How did he get in there? How did he put his hands on her? How did he cover this crime up? How did he escape out of the neighborhood?" the questions continued.

Jacobs knows the neighborhood well, but he said the homes are all different now.

"[We] Wound up in the driveway here," he said remembering when they learned Marcia was last seen delivering cookies.

Thirty-three days later the investigation immediately turned to teenage boys in the neighborhood, but all leads dried up.

"Her body was found in that garage," Jacobs explained. "We thought we were looking for a young male white. That is what FBI profilers told us all these years," said Jacobs.

But Friday, after years of speculation a man never mentioned in the original files, was charged with murdering Marcia Trimble.

"I remember telling Ms. Trimble our department would never stop investigations," Police chief Ronal Serpas said.

The District Attorney announced scientific evidence links Jerome Barrett to the crime. Jacobs believes the evidence is the semen found on Marcia's body that now with modern DNA testing reveals he is the killer.


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