Convict doing life plus 44 loses murder appeal

Convict doing life plus 44 loses murder appeal (Image 1)
Convict doing life plus 44 loses murder appeal (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An appellate court has rejected appeals by a man convicted in the 1975 murder of a Nashville Girl Scout.
 
The Tennessean reported attorneys for Jerome Barrett contended the trial judge allowed evidence that should not have been presented and improperly sentenced Barrett.
 
Marsha Trimble was nine years old and was delivering Girl Scout cookies she had sold in her neighborhood when she disappeared on February 25, 1975.

Her body was found a month later in a nearby residential garage, but the case took decades to solve.

Barrett was convicted in 2009.
 
He is serving life plus 44 years for the murders of Trimble and 19-year-old Sarah Des Prez, a Vanderbilt University student.

Des Prez was found slain in her apartment three weeks before the child's body was discovered.

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