Jury selection to begin in 1975 Scout killing

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Trial is set to begin in Nashville for a state prison inmate accused in the strangulation of a 9-year-old girl in 1975.

Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jerome Barrett, who is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Marsha Trimble. She was strangled while delivering Girl Scout cookies in her neighborhood. Her body was found in the garage of a house near her home 33 days after she disappeared.

Police said DNA evidence linked Barrett to the Trimble slaying after he became a suspect in 2007 in the sex slaying of Vanderbilt University student Sarah Des Prez, whose body was found in her apartment, also in 1975.

A jury convicted Barrett in the Des Prez killing, returning its verdict and a life prison sentence on Jan. 30.

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