Friday, July 17, 2009

Marcia Trimble Case Goes to the Jury

Marcia Trimble, date unknown

UPDATED 8/2012 to correct image


WSMV Nashville reports that the case went to the jury at 1:40 pm ET. Reports on TruTv indicate that this courthouse is open 24/7 and that the sequestered jurors would be deliberating over the weekend if a verdict is not reached today. After the prosecution called a single rebuttal witness the case was rested and closing arguments were presented to the jury. Jerome Barrett is already serving a live sentence for the rape and murder of Des Prez in 1975.

I just want to mention that my friend, and author, Lisa Sweetingham is the correspondent in the field reporting for In Sessions. She's doing a fantastic job.

Saturday, July 18, 2009:
The jury convicted Barrett of two counts of second degree murder at 10:15 am, local time. His sentence is 44 years for both charges.


shari said...

WOW, a 24-7 courthouse. That is a great idea.

CaliGirl9 said...

Wow, they sure do get things done in Tennessee ...this trial would have taken a month in California!

Obviously, California has a lot to learn!

Anonymous said...

It should be noted that Jerome Barrett received a pretty aggressive defense. Tru TV should have a wrapup tomorrow (Monday) as they usually do when the verdict takes place when they are off air. In this case on Saturday morning.

David From TN

Summer's Mom said...

This wasn't a very difficult case- if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck (has the DNA of the damn "duck"....) Juries in Cali might be instructed to stop looking all over the place for emu when the duck is right there... There is a difference between "reasonable" doubt and "doubt" manifested by a defense team (like ectoplasm at a seance).

Trapellar said...

Wow, that was fast. Good for the jury.

Caligirl9 is right - it would take at least a month in California.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, Jeffrey Womack, the man who was arrested for the crime in August 1979, was on Nashville TV. He was suspected because of things he said at the time to his teenage friends. The police charged him with the crime even after he passed several polygraph tests.

In April 1980 District Attorney General Tom Shriver announced that he would not present the case against Womack to the Davidson County grand jury because of "lack of evidence." A few months later, all charges against Womack were dropped. Womack and his lawyer said yesterday that they were going to write a book on the case.

David From TN