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Man indicted in 75 slaying of Tenn. Girl Scout
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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A suspect in the 1975 slaying of a 9-year-old Girl Scout, who disappeared while delivering Girl Scout cookies, has been indicted by a grand jury, prosecutors announced Friday.
    Nashville District Attorney Torry Johnson said Jerome Sidney Barrett was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder and felony murder. The charges were made public Friday after Barrett, who is in jail on charges in another 1975 slaying, was informed of the indictment.
    Marcia Trimble disappeared from her upscale neighborhood Feb. 25, 1975. Her body was found 33 days later sticking out from a plastic wading pool in a neighbor’s garage, and authorities later said she had been strangled.
    The case was Nashville’s most notorious unsolved murder for 33 years.
    Barrett is awaiting trial on another murder charge in the 1975 killing of Vanderbilt University student Sarah Des Prez.
    Marcia Trimble’s mother, Virginia Trimble, responded to the announcement in a written statement.
    ‘‘I praise God for the never-yielding investigation work of the Metro Police Department as they, joined with the District Attorney’s Office, may finally bring justice for Marcia and solve her murder that has haunted us all for 33 years,’’ she wrote.
    Barrett’s case is not eligible for the death penalty because the death penalty statute on the books at the time was later declared unconstitutional, said Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman.
    Thurman said ‘‘scientific evidence’’ linked Barrett to the murder, but declined to state whether that evidence was a semen sample taken from Trimble’s body.
    Thurman said the felony murder charge, which indicates Trimble was killed during the commission of another crime, came because investigators believe ‘‘something of value’’ was taken from the girl.

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