COPY-Convict doing life plus 44 loses murder appeal

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 Sidney Barrett contended the trial judge allowed evidence that should not have been presented and improperly sentenced Barrett.

Marsha Trimble was 9 years old and was delivering Girl Scout cookies she had sold in her neighborhood when she disappeared on Feb 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 in 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.

Information from: The Tennessean,

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