33 years later, man arrested in slaying of Vanderbilt student will be tried

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A man charged with the 1975 rape and slaying of a Vanderbilt student will go to trial on Oct. 6.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 60-year-old Jerome Sydney Barrett will be tried on a first-degree murder charge.

Nashville Police's Cold Case unit arrested Thurman in November after they say new scientific evidence developed linked Barrett to the death of 19-year-old Sarah Vanetta Des Prez.

Authorities say Barrett was living in Memphis when he was arrested based on DNA found in the bedding that matched a sample police obtained from him.

Barrett previously served 26 years for the rape of a Belmont student and was released in 2002.


Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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