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Solving ColdCases

Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on May 28, 2011 at 1:35 AM Comments comments ()


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Most of the cases Mja works on are ColdCases which in some cases has led to Serial Killers being the prime suspect..

In return our staff educated themselves & learned more because of the gravity of the situation..

As Mja started building our case files..

Doing our research to put togather a Case & Suspect Profile...

Then meeting with the Victims Family,& talking to Police Officers in charge of the case..

Mja has learned even ColdCases can have solid Leads & Info that could lead in the right direction..

Many ask : Then why is it a ColdCase & still Unsolved ?

The answer to that could have endless avenues to follow & the reason’s can be many with several deciding factors..

You cant turn back time & say “ What If “ concerning something that happened or didn’t happen years ago..

The only way to get Justice for the Victim now is to move ahead with such strong

force as if the case happened yesterday..

Justice is served when you have the right person to work on the case & they have a boss or someone equal who will listen..

The key to solving any ColdCase,you have to keep the investigation active..


In many cases it takes a team effort to solve a ColdCase..

Surround yourself with people who has the passion & the same Goal as yourself & who is willing to learn…

You could be surprised with the results..


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To All Mja Staff Members

Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on May 28, 2011 at 12:55 AM Comments comments ()


Mja Inc Investigations

As a Mja team member you help us soar by doing your best & then by doing some more...


The skills & talents you bring to all deeds makes Us a team that tries hard & succeeds..


June 1st 2011 Mja has been providing our services for 10 years & we have shared some success...

Thank-You all for giving your time,,& hard work so Mja can provide our services in the hope of Justice...


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Mja Inc--Kaz + A & E

Man Who Killed Ex-Girlfriend Gets 50 Years--Indiana

Posted by Mja G Staff_IN_NY on April 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM Comments comments ()



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Mja has sent you a Story :


Police: Man Killed Ex-Girlfriend, Injured Himself And Her Son

Authorities: Slaying At Home Followed Standoff With Police


POSTED: 7:23 am EST November 17, 2006

UPDATED: 1:39 am EST November 18, 2006


INDIANAPOLIS -- A man held his ex-girlfriend captive for more than three hours at her northeast-side Indianapolis home before fatally shooting her and wounding himself while a SWAT team was outside Friday morning, police said.


The man, Christopher Allen, also shot the woman's 15-year-old son in the feet early in the captive-taking before letting him go, police said.


Man Who Killed Ex-Girlfriend Gets 50 Years


Man Held Woman Captive For 3 Hours


POSTED: 2:50 pm EDT April 8, 2011

UPDATED: 6:49 pm EDT April 8, 2011


INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who held his ex-girlfriend captive for more than three hours during a SWAT standoff before fatally shooting her and wounding himself was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday.


Christopher Allen, 41, pleaded guilty to murder in the November 2006 killing of Angela D. Dees, 38, in a home in the 8200 block of Crook Drive in the Valleys subdivision, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.


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Mja Inc--L & M Brown--IN..



Posted by Mja Charter Staff on April 7, 2011 at 7:40 PM Comments comments ()


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Mja has sent you 3 short Stories :


Police: Peru Man Molested Girl, 7


Updated: Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

Published : Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011, 4:06 PM EDT


PERU, Ind. (WISH) - A Peru man is facing charges after police say he molested a 7-year-old girl and battered her sister.


Vigil Held For 4 yr. old Tipton Co. Boy


Updated: Monday, 14 Mar 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

Published : Sunday, 13 Mar 2011, 11:24 AM EDT


BY : Jessica Hayes


TIPTON, Ind.(WISH) - Four-year-old Dylan Cast of Tipton County died in November...

He was remembered at a vigil Saturday night..


Man Arrested In Death Of 4-year-old Tipton Boy


Updated: Monday, 14 Mar 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

Published : Monday, 14 Mar 2011, 7:45 PM EDT


TIPTON, Ind. (WISH) - Police arrested a Tipton man Monday night in connection with the November death of a 4-year-old boy...


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Mja Inc--BC & Jeff--IN..


Man Found Guilty In Woman's Grisly 2007 Murder--Indiana

Posted by Mja G Staff_IN_NY on April 3, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments ()


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Mja has sent you a Story :



Man Convicted Of Murder, Burglary, Abuse Of Corpse


POSTED: 5:21 pm EDT April 1, 2011

UPDATED: 5:26 pm EDT April 1, 2011


INDIANAPOLIS -- A man was convicted Friday in the grisly murder of a woman in her Broad Ripple apartment in 2007.


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Mja Inc--M & M Lindsay--IN...


Life For Florida Man Who Impregnated 9-Year-Old

Posted by ColdCase--Kaz on March 28, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments ()



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Mja has sent you a Story :


Posted at: 03/24/2011 7:35 PM 


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A South Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for impregnating a 9-year-old girl who gave birth to the baby.


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Mja Inc--Mark


Washington Examiner : Two Short Crime Stories

Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on February 19, 2011 at 1:55 PM Comments comments ()



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Mja has sent you 2 Stories :


The Blotter


Washington Examiner


By: Scott McCabe 02/14/11 8:05 PM

Examiner Staff Writer


Prisoner is bludgeoned to death with a TV


A Maryland state inmate was killed after another inmate beat him with a television set, police said...


It is the second slaying this month at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institute near Cumberland...


Maryland State Police said a correctional officer saw an inmate strike Timothy Davis, 37, in the head with a TV in a cell Sunday afternoon. Davis, of Baltimore,was pronounced dead at a local hospital...


The assailant has yet to be charged...


On Feb. 2, inmate Blas Mata Aguilar, 41, was found slain in his cell. An autopsy determined that he died from blunt force trauma and asphyxiation...


Police: Man tried to lure girls into van..


Prince William County police said a man tried to lure two middle school students into his van in separate incidents Monday...


Police are looking for a dirty, older silver van with tinted windows and a dent on the rear passenger side bumper...


The suspect was described as a black male in his 30s, short black hair and thin mustache. He was wearing a shirt with red markings..


Around 7:35 a.m.,the van pulled up to a bus stop in the Dumfries and asked a girl whether she wanted a ride...

When she declined,the suspect sped away. Minutes later the van pulled up at another bus stop about a half mile away, and the man asked another girl whether she wanted a ride. She also declined...


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Mja Inc--Mark

Mja Invited To Be Guest Speaker‏

Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on February 12, 2011 at 11:55 PM Comments comments ()


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The invitation down below is an Honor for our staff members..

 Mja will send two staff members to attend this conference which has been set for September 19th-21st..


Mja is re-arranging our October Indiana Operations to September for us to attend this conference..


In return it wont cost the Host of the conference a dime for Mja to attend for we will already be in the area..


We trust that from our case files we will be able to educate some of our listeners..


These types of conferences can be used as a learning tool in many fields of criminal investigations..


You gain a fresh eye the way others might work an investigation which can gain you much needed experience..


We hope to learn manythings so we can pass it on to our other staff members..


Its going to be an : Honor--A Good Experience--Very Educational for Mja to attend such a conference..


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Mja Inc--Mark A Harper


From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 13:45:35 -0500

Subject: Speaker Inquiry


I am a board member for the Indiana division of the International Association for Identification (INIAI)..

We are a non-profit organization that was established to associate persons working in the fields of forensic investigation, examination,and identification to encourage communication and the sharing of ideas and information among the forensic science and criminal justice communities....


We keep members advised of the latest developments in the forensic and identificationsciences.

We encourage research into new methods and techniques of forensic investigation, examination and identification...

We are currently planning the Indiana Division of the International Association for Identification’s annual conference..  

I was wondering if your organizationwould be interested in speaking on what it is you do and a few case summaries that you have solved. 


We are considering the dates of  September 19th – 21st or October 3rd – 5th neither the Indianapolis or Bloomington area of Indiana, but we haven’t either in stone yet!

Please give me any information that you have regarding your availability,what you would charge and whatever else you can think of that I have failed to mention. 


Our board is meeting again the middle of February at which time I would like to present any information regarding your presentation to them...



                                  Thank you ~

                              Allyson  E. Dagnon

          Forensic Scientist  Indiana State Police Laboratory

                       550 West 16th Street, Suite C

                    Indianapolis, Indiana  46202-2218



A Kokomo Teen Murdered : Abby Rethlake 18 years old

Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on January 24, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments ()


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Mja has sent you a Story :


Kokomo Tribune

A Kokomo Teen Murdered : Abby Rethlake 18 years old :

Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo,Indiana

January 21, 2011

Co-defendant in Rethlake homicide pleads guilty to cocaine charge Reggie Balentine could receive up to 50 years in prison

By Mike Fletcher

Tribune staff writer

A man who allegedly supplied cocaine to several Chicago men convicted in the Abby Rethlake slaying pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deal cocaine Friday...

The plea for Reggie Balentine was filed in Howard Superior Court 1 just prior to a jury trial in the case was to begin...


Judge William Menges took the plea under advisement and gave the attorneys until March 11 to file sentencing information...


Balentine was one of four men convicted in the April 5, 2008,double shooting that killed Abby Rethlake and injured her friend,Morgan Vetter...


In the Rethlake case, Balentine pleaded guilty a Class C felony assisting a criminal for helping repair the suspect car involved in the shooting...

He was sentenced earlierthis month to eight years in prison...


Officers of the Kokomo Police Department’s drug task force charged Balentine in January 2009 with A felony conspiracy to deal cocaine following an undercover investigation into cocaine trafficking in Kokomo..


Officers served a warrant on Balentine while he was incarcerated at the Howard County jail on the Rethlake case...


If approved, the plea could land Balentine up to 50 additional years in prison.


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Mja Inc--Mark

To All Of Our Mja Critic's

Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on November 21, 2010 at 8:00 PM Comments comments ()



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Posted to all of our Mja Critic's :


Concerning the Shannon Sherrill Case who disappeared on 10-5-1986..


On 11-30-2005 Becky Sherrill stated to the Frankfort Times the text below :


When approached by Mja Inc in November 2003 :


"' Becky Sherrill said when she and her husband first received the offer from MJA Inc. to investigate the case, they called the Indiana State Police to confirm the company’s legitimacy.


“We had him checked out,”she said,“and found out they are on the level.They’ve been very helpful and have come up with a lot of things.”


The Indiana State Police say Mja legitimate..


This is also due to the fact that Mja already had a working relationship with the same State Police District concerning several cases..


An Independant Investigator for Missing Persons & Unsolved Crimes & Doe's once Wrote:


“ It is my opinion that ANYONE who is trying to do anything in the way of helping with unidentified or missing persons is doing nothing wrong as long as they are not trying to gain monetarily from the families.”



Its Public Record Mja doesnt charge for our Services..


But we do work for any Reward Money that has already been posted to the Public or Mja works on the case for Free..


Mja thought it was a given when we registered on any site we posted the correct Profile..


That includes our one time web-page..


Then on to My Space which is still in use..


But our main Mja Profile is our web-site..


It spells it out in black & white..


Explaining what we do & how we do it & the services we provide..


Mja never has & never will hide anything..




As for the ones who engage in slanderous remarks of Mja Inc Investigations being a scam...


These remarks are un-called for & without merit..


None of you ever talked to any of the Victims Families we work on behalf of or the Law-Enforcement Agencies we have contact with during our work on any given case..


I would think they would be in a better position to judge Mja than any of you..


Its documented that a Ohio Department of Corrections Prison Investigator invited Mja to come & interview an Ohio inmate informant concerning one of our cases..


Which we did in June 2006..


In return led to 1980's Child Serial Killer..


In return led Mja to Texas Law-Enforcement which led Mja to be in contact with 17 other states concerning the same Child Serial Killer..


Since that time Mja has been invited back by the Ohio Department of Corrections..

To interview another Ohio inmate related to one of our other cases..


Its also document that :


Mja & a Search & Rescue Group out of Wisconsin with a Blood-Hound worked with the Clinton County Sheriff Department & Indiana State Police for 2 days concerning one of our other cases..


Concerning the same case Clinton County Social Services on a Sunday opened up a conference room with kitchen..


So Mja could hold a all day meeting with the Victims Family..


If none of these people have a problem working with Mja than why should the ones making the slanderous remarks care ?


When none of you have any claim to the out-come of the case..


Or are they trying to say :


Mja scamed all these Families & Reporters & Cops ?


Mja is out there conducting ground searches for missing persons & investigating several cases..


In October 2004 Mja processed a Victims car..


In 2 days spending 6 hours a day looking for anything that could be used as evidence..


Mja did collect items from inside the Victims car..


Mja bagged & tagged & sealed those items..


Police showed no interest in items until :


September 2010..


On 10-15-10 Mja handed over those items to law-enforcement..


We do have signed documents protecting the chain of custody when Mja released the items to the Police..


You tell me what other Group like Mja would keep items collected & preserve those items for 6 years ?


Mja States : Its our Job & Duty to keep & preserve anything that might be evidence on any given case..




The True Facts :


From day one 6-1-2001 Mja Inc has never changed the type of work we do or the services Mja provides..


Thats including our free Hotmail Account...


[email protected] has always been our company account..


If our contacts the ones we conduct business with has no problem with it than why should anyone else ?


Why do many of you think you have the right to tell us how to conduct our business including the e-mail account we use ?


Why do many of you think that Mja needs your approval to conduct our business in the way that we do ?


After all if need be Mja can produce a paid e-mail account...


Its always been spelled in black & white the services Mja provides..


Posted on our Web-Page to My Space & now our Mja web-site..


Mja isnt hiding anything or running any scam..


Its been proven over & over again we do provide the services we claim to provide & by law thats says Mja is not a scam..


Our work is Documented..




The Services we provide has been documented since day one 6-1-2001..


Mja never charges the Victims Family for our services..


Thats Public-Record..


The services we provide & Mja Charter Documents are Public Record..


Mja is a Investigative & Search & Rescue Group..


Our Mission : To Locate Missing People-Solve Crimes-&-Identify Doe's..


Its Mja Staff who pays for US to carry out this work..


Mja uses our time & money to work on any given case..


At this time Mja is working on 65 cases & we travel to 11 states & 40 + of  those cases Mja is working on for FREE...


Mja doesnt have to promote our company or web-site for the Missing & Unsolved Crimes & Doe's..


Mja is already known all over the country..


Mja picks & chooses the cases we would like to work on fitting our geographical area's..


Mja also has shown interest in several other cases & are consultants concerning several cases..


Even though there not a part of our case files..


Mja will not play Politic's :


Mja loyality is always for the Victim & the Victims Family whom in most cases Mja works for the Victims Family..


It sounds like many of you Mja Critic's have never visited our Mja web-site..


So Please try to keep you slanderous remarks to yourself :


Just because many of you say Mja is a scam doesnt make it True..


Where as Mja has document evidence that has merit that states Mja is legitimate..


It seems many of you need to talk to the Victims Families that we work on behalf of & Law-Enforcement Agencies we have contact with in our line of work..


How can you have an objective & fair & moral opinion when it comes to Judging Mja Inc Investigations when you have nothing but Tunnel Vision ?


Many of you left out the most important element of the whole issue :


None of you ever talked to the Victims Families we work on behalf of..


None of you ever talked to Police Agencies Mja had contact with concerning certain cases..


None of you ever contacted the media Mja had contact with concerning our case files..


Once again We state :


Mja would think these type of people would be in a better position to judge Mja than any of you..


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Mja Inc--Mark

5 Teens Shot In Drive-By Shooting Peru Indiana

Posted by TK & Mandy Stout--Indiana on October 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments ()


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Mja cant believe what has happened in our small Indiana Town..

Mja was founded in Peru Indiana on 6-1-2001 & our Indiana Home Office is still located there..


Homers Bowling Alley is only 7 blocks away from our Indiana Home Office..

These types of crimes just didnt happen in Peru Indiana...


Gangs in Peru Indiana were High School Bullies & Drop-Outs Punks who were Gang WANNA BEE'S...


Please read the story below :,0,5462624.story


FOX 59 News

By Devon Kaser


5:09 a.m. EDT, October 23, 2010


Five shot behind Peru bowling alley..


One reported in serious condition;police say on-going dispute maybe to blame..


Peru —


Five teens were shot after an apparent drive-by shooting late Friday night in the northern Indiana town of Peru...


Peru Police Chief Bill Raber tells Fox59 it happened outside Homer's Bowling Alley in the 400 block of West Canal Street..


One of the injured is in serious condition,two were hit in the leg and two are suffering from graze wounds...


Two people have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting...


One is a 15-year- old juvenile and the other has been identified as 22-year-old Danny Jake Case..


No official word on the motive behind the shooting,but police think it is possibly gang-related..


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Mja Inc--TK Stout--IN..



Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on April 1, 2010 at 10:45 PM Comments comments ()


Mja Inc Investigations

Please pass this on & do your own research if you like..But this animal needs to stay locked-up..

Its a crime to the victim & the victims Family to even have a Parole Hearing for a Child Killer..











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Mja Inc--Mark

Logansport Indiana 1994 ColdCase Solved‏

Posted by Mja Inc Investigations on March 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM Comments comments ()


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Published: March 05, 2010 11:10 pm

Kokomo man arrested in cold case

Police say DNA evidence links Everett Dillon Jr. to 1994 rape of 11-year-old girl



For the Kokomo Tribune


LOGANSPORT — Through the use of DNA evidence, Logansport police have arrested a Kokomo man in connection with the abduction and rape of an 11-year-old girl nearly 16 years ago...




Three of our staff members have known Lt. Cathi Collins for many years..

Two of our staff members went to school with Lt.Collins son...


The other staff member back in the 1980's had been involved in Undercover work..

On one such case Investigator Collins was in charge of the investigation & was the Handler of the Undercover controlled agent...


During the course of that investigation Investigator Collins saved many teenage high school kids lives...


That investigation involved a dorm room sized refridgerator stolen from the Logansport Hospital lab by 3 teenagers..


In that refridge was Cancer Chemo Drugs..


The teens thought they had Drugs that would get you high & planned to sell the Drugs...


This could have spelled death or many brain-dead teenagers if that was to happen..


Investigator Collins kept the pressure up so high on the high school youth to get answers that was needed for a recovery that the teens couldnt sell the drugs without being caught..


So the teens decided to lay low & not touch the drugs or sell them until things had cooled down..


Because of Investigators Collins bull-dog attitude it bought her time to put into place an Undercover agent to track down the teens involved in the theft & secure the refridge with the drugs accounted for..


Investigator Collins directed the Undercover agent to the teenagers that she thought were involved in the Hospital theft..


It turned out Investigator Collins was correct & the refridge with the Cancer Chemo drugs were recovered 3 days later without incident..


Investigator Collins & our staff member also had a working relationship with the late Jack Adams of the Kokomo Police Department dating back to the 1980's..


Lt. Cathi Collins in our eyes is the true meaning of a Police Officer..

We know several cases where Investigator Collins went above & beyond the norm of carrying out her duties to solve a case..


Lt.Collins work with the Youth of Logansport Indiana is outstanding..


The Police Investigator's work with Special Victims is beyond anything thats ever been seen..


Just as in this case some of the Special Victims she came into contact with still live in Logansport..

Lt.Collins in return would have some type of contact with many Special Victims just by living in the same small Indiana town..


But when it was needed Lt.Collins always found a way to stay in contact with a Special Victim..


Lt. Cathi Collins has been a Hero for many people during her career..


The Undercover agent's Daughter is one of the staff members who went to School with Lt.Collins Son & they were also in a Kids Bowling League togather back in the 1980's..


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Mja Inc Staff



1975 Marcia Trimble Case

Posted by TK & Mandy Stout--Indiana on March 7, 2010 at 11:35 PM Comments comments ()



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Marcia Trimble Case


Nashville News

Timeline Of Marcia Trimble Case

POSTED: 12:25 pm CST December 3, 2007

UPDATED: 4:09 pm CDT July 18, 2009

Dec. 30, 1972: Jerome Barrett accused of sexually assaulting woman in Memphis TN..

Sept. 1973: Barrett was indicted for intent to commit rape (Unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman)

Feb. 4, 1974: Barrett is arrested on that charge, convicted and sentenced to three years..

Aug. 14, 1974: Barrett was released on parole..

Aug. 21: Vandy student is walking at 19th and Grand Avenue...

Two men,raped her in the bushes near the Upper Room…took watch and ring..

Dec. 2/22: Two rapes occur in one weekend..

The Tudor Inn is robbed,and a woman is taken from there..

Another is abducted at 20th and Terrace and taken to Granny White Pike and driven back to original area..

Dec. 16, 1974: Newspaper Printing Corp employee is raped in her car in Gulch area of downtown Nashville..

Suspect told her he had knife and asked for money..

Oct. 24, 1974: Woman, 67, raped in rental office on Church Street in Nashville,bound and gagged..

Aug. 24, 1974: Two men broke in and assaulted a housewife..

Threw a pillow over her head..No race or description given.

Feb. 2, 1975: Sarah Des Prez was killed at her apartment in Nashville..

She was found by her father and brother..

Her father was a well-known professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University..

Feb. 17, 1975: Audrey Judy Porter,a Belmont student is raped at her apartment...

Feb. 21, 1975: Pregnant girl in East Nashville is held at gunpoint and robbed getting into her car..

She had another child in her car at Lischey Market..

They stole tape player and tapes..

Feb. 25, 1975: Marcia Trimble 9 years old,was reported missing from her Green Hills home..

Her body was later discovered..

Evidence led police to believe that she had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death..

March 9, 1975: Couple held hostage/woman raped 121 Acklen Park..

March 12, 1975: Barrett is charged with 2nd degree burglary,forced entry of Belmont rape on

Feb. 17..

Feb. 13, 1976: Barrett was convicted in Belmont case and sentenced to 60 years in prison..

Aug. 28, 1979: Jeffrey Womack,a Green Hills teeanager at the time of Trimble's death, is arrested on murder charges and released on a $25,000 bond..

Womack is eventually cleared of charges...

Aug. 28, 1990: DNA is submitted to FBI, semen is found on clothing,and samples were taken from six people...

Five of whom were teens at the time,and one of whom was an adult..


Jeffrey Womack,was one of the ones originally charged..

1994 - According to information obtained by Channel 4, in 1994,evidence from the Trimble case was sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation..

There were at least two DNA samples from the scene,but there has never been any kind of match..

Aug. 11, 2002: Barrett was paroled..

March, 2004: FBI took another look at the case..

Blood, hair,clothing and other evidence was examined..

More than 100 blood samples existed,but not all of those were sent to the FBI..

Nov. 20, 2007: Jerome Sydney Barrett,60, was charged with murder in the slaying of Des Prez in 1975...


Nov. 27, 2007: A Nashville woman said she was able to escape an attack by Barrett on March 11, 1975...

The woman,who asked to be identified only as Judy,said her attack was a distant memory until she saw Barrett's face on the news again..

When police came to the apartments the night of the attack looking for a man fitting Judy's description,they found Barrett at the laundry room trying to break in..

They said he was armed with a loaded gun,knife and a change of clothes..

Shortly after,they were able to link him to the rape of a Belmont student...

Nov. 28, 2007: An anonymous woman said Barrett attacked her on her front porch on Feb. 23, 1975...

The date the woman described was two days before Marcia Trimble disappeared..

June 6, 2008: Jerome Barrett is officially indicted and charged in death of Marcia Trimble...

July 2, 2008: Jerome Barrett pleads not guilty to the murder of Marcia Trimble and is appointed a public defender...

July 13, 2009: Jury selection begins in Marcia Trimble murder trial..

July 15, 2009: Testimony begins in Marcia Trimble murder trial..

July 17, 2009: Testimony ends in Marcia Trimble murder trial..

Jury begins deliberating at 1:40 p.m.but does not reach a verdict..

July 18, 2009: A jury reaches a verdict in Marcia Trimble murder case at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday..

Jerome Barrett is found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder..

The jury recommends a sentence of 44 years for each count..

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Marcia Trimble Timeline

July 19, 2009

Compiled by staff at the

Feb. 25, 1975

Marcia Virginia Trimble,9,left her Green Hills home at 4009 Copeland Drive around 5:15 or 5:30 p.m. to deliver Girl Scout cookies to neighbor Marie Maxwell..

Her mother urged her to grab a coat,but Marcia didn't..

She never returned..

Her father searched the neighborhood..

At 7:15 p.m.,the family called the police..

Feb. 26

Police set up a search command post in a bedroom of the Trimble home..

Hundreds of volunteers join a search for the missing little girl..

Maxwell tells police she saw Marcia and two people,one taller than the other,in a driveway adjacent to hers...


Police investigate tips about a bushy-haired man driving recklessly in a white car with a little girl on the day Marcia disappeared..

They search a Dickson truck stop after a little girl matching Marcia's appearance is spotted there,and drag a lake in Percy Warner Park..

March 1:

Police release two drawings of possible suspects,including the bushy-haired man..

March 4:

Two highly trained tracking dogs are flown into Nashville from Philadelphia to help search..

Metro Youth Guidance cancels all days off for all investigators,and orders 12-hour shifts..

The bushy-haired man is eliminated as a suspect,after passing a lie detector test...

Rewards totaling $30,000 are offered for information that helps find the missing Julia Green Elementary School fourth grader..

March 27:

A Florida psychic tells Metro police he has seen a vision of a girl's body in an abandoned mill in Nashville...

March 29 (Good Friday):

Virginia Trimble, Marcia's mother,expresses confidence that God will bring her daughter back to her on Easter Sunday..

Rumors start that she killed her daughter,but both parents had already passed polygraphs...

March 30 (Easter Sunday):

Marcia's body is found in a garage,at 4007 Estes Road,just 80 yards from where she was last seen..

It was covered with an antique canvas shower curtain and toy swimming pool,which was turned upside down..

Police are baffled,saying they searched the garage previously..

Her body is flown to Memphis on Gov. Ray Blanton's Lear jet for autopsy by the state's medical examiner..

An autopsy showed she died from strangulation,and that there was semen in her vagina and on her clothes..

Her hymen was not broken.


Six of seven Girl Scout cookie boxes were next to her..

Police believe the killer took the box he ordered,along with $10 to $12 she had in an envelope..It was found empty..

April 1, 1975:

Marcia Trimble is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery after her funeral..

April 1975:

Dr. Jerry Francisco,the state medical examiner,issues conflicting opinions before concluding that Marcia Trimble was strangled within hours after she left home on Feb. 25..

June 1976:

Metro police say they have narrowed the list of suspects in the Marcia Trimble murder case to a teen-aged boy who lives in her neighborhood..


An undercover police detective gets a job at a Green Hills restaurant to attempt to lure Jeffrey Womack,an 18-year-old cook,into talking about his suspected role in the Marcia Trimble case..

The effort fails...

Aug. 28,1979:

Jeffrey Womack is arrested and charged with Trimble's death..

He was 15 when she disappeared, and lived with his family down the street from the Trimble home...

Officers said the arrest resulted from an FBI crime lab analysis,which showed that paint spots on the shower curtain draped over the child's body matched paint samples taken from a home that Womack frequented in 1975..

He was charged with the crime even after passing repeated polygraph tests..

Dec. 6:

Juvenile Court Judge Richard Jenkins orders that Womack be transferred to Criminal Court for prosecution as an adult...

April 24, 1980:

District Attorney Tom Shriver announces that he will not present the case against Womack to the Davidson County grand jury because of "lack of evidence."

August 1980:

All charges against Womack are dropped...

July 1981:

Metro Homicide Lt. Sherman Nickens says police have a new suspect in the Trimble murder case..



Marcia's parents divorced.


Charles Trimble, Marcia's father, died..


Police test DNA gathered in the case..

Results are inconclusive..

Capt. Mickey Miller,the new head of Metro's personal crimes division, takes over the investigation..

Sept. 24. 1990:

Miller says police believe two people may have been involved in strangling Marcia Trimble..

He asks the public for help in locating two people who were reportedly seen with her just before she disappeared..

One of them,a witness said,is bigger than the other..

January 1991:

Semen samples' found on Marcia's body cannot be DNA matched with blood samples from several men who knew her in 1975..

August 1992:

Police revive the investigation,and say they plan to run new DNA tests on blood samples from as many as 60 of Marcia Trimble's childhood friends or neighbors..

Miller renews his request for help finding the mysterious two people she was seen with,and asks for help identifying a group of boys who were selling candy or cookies in the neighborhood in the week proceeding Marcia's disappearance...


Aug. 28. 1992:

Police receive a telephone call which appears to be "very important," Lt. Tommy Jacobs says..

October 1995:

Police say they want to run DNA samples on more than 100 blood samples taken from people who lived in the Green Hills area in 1975...

Lt. Jacobs say one of the samples is large enough for a conclusive DNA match to be made if police find the right suspect..

Police also request that the dark-haired girl who was seen with Marcia shortly before she vanished to please come forward..

January 1996:

Police say they believe Marcia Trimble was killed when a sexual assault involving more than two young males in the girl's neighborhood "got out of hand."..

DNA tests point to ejaculation by "probably three,maybe four" males,says Lt. Jacobs..

He says she was probably strangled when the boys were trying to control her panic..

Police say they have found no one to match the DNA evidence..

May 1996:

Two different men one a convicted killer,confess to Marcia's killing..

Police quickly dismiss both as fabrications when the facts don't match the crime..


Metro investigators say they have conclusive evidence of Marcia's killer through the DNA in his semen,if they can find the right suspect..


The FBI laboratory in Washington conducts new tests on evidence from the 1975 slaying..

November 2007

Jerome Barrett,of Memphis,is charged in the death of Sally Des Prez, 19, who was found dead in her Nashville apartment on Feb. 2, 1975..

June 2008

Jerome Barrett is indicted on first-degree murder charges for the slaying of Marcia Trimble..

January 2009

Jerome Barrett sentenced to life in prison after jury convicts him of first-degree,premeditated murder in the death of Sarah Des Prez...

July 2009

Jerome Barrett goes on trial for killing Marcia Trimble..



Sex Offender Convicted of Murdering Girl Scout in 1975

Trimble verdict closes a painful chapter in Nashville history..

A Nashville jury convicted Jerome Barrett of 2 counts of second-degree murder in the 1975 strangulation death of Girl Scout Marcia Trimble.

The 9-year-old disappeared while delivering Girl Scout cookies in her upscale Nashville neighborhood..

When Jerome Barrett went to Copeland Drive,He didn't go there for the 9-year-old Girl Scout,who was delivering cookies on a chilly night while her mother cooked dinner...

He was looking for another woman,a woman who screamed,fought off his advances and got away a few days before,despite the knife he held at her throat..

Whether he thought the Marcia Trimble,tall for her age,was the woman or he saw an opportunity,it was Marcia whom Barrett strangled on Feb. 25, 1975..

HE left his DNA there on her shirt..

The 62-year-old Barrett became a suspect in the case 1 1/2 years ago through DNA testing...

Samples from Trimble had been preserved throughout the years,and had deteriorated...

But,with more modern DNA testing Jerome Sydney Barrett's DNA was found on Marcia Trimble's blouse..

He is currently serving a life sentence for the 1975 rape and murder of a Vanderbilt University coed..

He faces 44 years in prison on each count in this case...

The case is regarded as the most notorious in Nashville history because of the circumstances of the girl's death and the length of the investigation..


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Lisa Joan Summers : DNA Solves 1989 Case-Indiana

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Police: DNA Links Man To Indy Teen's 1989 Death

http://www.theindyc news/9884805/ detail.html

Suspect Had Reported Finding Body In Field, Authorities said..

POSTED: 11:32 am EDT September 19, 2006

UPDATED: 9:27 pm EDT September 19, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who claimed to have found the body of an 18-year-old Indianapolis woman 17 years ago has been linked by DNA evidence to her killing,authorities said..

David Ashworth,46, was arrested Monday in Lakeland, Fla.,in connection with the 1989 strangling and rape of Lisa Joan Summers..

Ashworth has been charged with murder and is awaiting extradition to Indiana..

Police said Summers disappeared in June 1989 after finishing her shift at a Wendy's restaurant at 38th Street and Lafayette Road on Indianapolis' west side..

Four days later, Ashworth and another man told authorities he had found her body near 38th Street and Interstate 465, police said..

Authorities said someone had dragged Summers into a field and then raped and strangled her..

DNA found on Summers' clothing and saliva on a cigarette butt found near her body had been saved and was tested this year,along with a DNA sample taken from Ashworth in 1992.

Investigators said that test linked Ashworth to the crime..Ashworth's wife told police that he was home at the time of the killing,but she later recanted...

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Man Convicted In Indy Woman's 1989 Slaying

POSTED: 4:53 pm EDT March 26, 2008

UPDATED: 6:04 pm EDT March 26, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who claimed to have found the body of an18-year-old Indianapolis woman nearly 19 years ago has been convicted of murdering her...

A jury late Wednesday afternoon found David Ashworth, 47, guilty of murder in the 1989 death of Lisa Joan Summers..

Police said Ashworth  was arrested in September 2006 in Lakeland, Fla.,after investigators determined DNA evidence linked him to Summers' strangling and rape...

Police said Summers disappeared in June 1989 after finishing her shift at a Wendy's restaurant at 38th Street and Lafayette Road on Indianapolis' west side..

Four days later, Ashworth told authorities hehad found her body near 38th Street and Interstate 465, police said..

DNA found on Summers' clothing and saliva on a cigarette butt found near her body had been saved and were tested in 2006, along with a DNA sample taken from Ashworth in 1992..

Investigators said that test linked Ashworth to the crime..

Ashworth's defense attorney T.R. Fox argued that Ashworth had cut his leg on a bike where Summers' body was found, and that Ashworth bled on Summers' clothing..

"When David tripped and fell on the bike and cut his leg, that would give rise to the blood being there,"

Fox told 6-News' Derrik Thomas before the verdict was announced..

A jury deliberated for about 50 minutes before reaching the verdict. A three-day trial preceded deliberations...


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ColdCases 1985 Murder of Lisa Lightfoot:Solved by DNA--Indiana

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Man Charged In 1985 Indy Slaying, Rape

Police: DNA Links Him To Pregnant Teen's Death

http://www.theindyc news/13822445/ detail.html

POSTED: 5:09 pm EDT August 4, 2007

UPDATED: 3:50 pm EDT August 5, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man serving sentences for rapes in other states has been charged in the 1985 rape and slaying of a pregnant 19-year-old woman in Indianapolis, police said Saturday..

Indianapolis police said DNA evidence links Jimmy Atteberry,who has been on a work-release program in Missouri,to the death of Lisa Lightfoot..

Atteberry, 48, who police described as a transient from Indianapolis who also goes by the name of Jerry Darnell,was being held Saturday in St. Louis, Mo... He was awaiting extradition to Indiana,police said..

Lightfoot's body was found on Sept. 22, 1985,on an embankment near railroad tracks just east of a business at 927 Pennsylvania St., police said.. She was reported missing a day earlier..

Police said evidence collected in the initial investigation was recently checked against a DNA database.. The evidence matched Atteberry's DNA, which was in the database, police said...

Lightfoot's brother, Joel Lightfoot,told 6-News' Cheryl Jackson that an investigation showed his sister was attacked by someone as she returned to her car from a convenience store...

She was raped, stabbed in the chest and stomach, and beaten,Joel Lightfoot said..

An autopsy showed that Lisa Lightfoot was pregnant when she was killed,according to police.


Police considered Atteberry a person of interest in the initial investigation of Lisa Lightfoot's death, Jackson reported...

He had lived in the same apartment complex as Lightfoot, police said..

At the time that police learned that DNA evidence linked Atteberry to the 1985 slaying,he was on a work-release program in connection with rapes in Illinois and Missouri, police said..

Victim's Family Relieved By Arrest

Lisa Lightfoot's brother said he was pleased when police told him about Atteberry's arrest in the case..

"That's all I needed to hear," Joel Lightfoot said.His father died a few years ago, but his mother is alive..

He said that when he told her about Atteberry's arrest, she cried with relief..

Joel Lightfoot said he was the first to find his sister's body in September 1985..

He and his parents were searching near a bridge after her driver's license was found underneath it...

He said he found a trail of papers that had come from her purse along some railroad tracks that went under the bridge...

"All the papers stopped, and then at that point I started lookingaround..

I (saw) an automobile down the side of the railroad embankment,went down there, and there she lay," Joel Lightfoot said.

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Man Found Guilty Of 1985 Rape, Murder Of Indy Woman

Police: DNA Provided Break In Cold Case

http://www.theindyc news/16650999/ detail.html

POSTED: 7:09 am EDT June 19, 2008

UPDATED: 7:13 am EDT June 19, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man was found guilty Wednesday in the 1985 rape and murder of an Indianapolis woman...

Jimmy Atteberry was arrested in 2007 in Missouri after DNA linked him to the crime..

Officials said Atteberry lived in the same apartment building as Lisa Lightfoot 19 whose body was found a day after she was reported missing..

Police called Atteberry a person of interest in 1985..He had already been convicted of rapes in Missouri and Illinois..

Atteberry is scheduled to be sentenced on July 2..

Shortly after the arrest, Lisa Lightfoot's brother told 6-News he was relieved..

"That's all I needed to hear," Joel Lightfoot said.

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Man Convicted In Cold Case Murder Gets 110 Years

Man Sentenced Nearly 23 Years After Murder Of 19-Year-Old Lisa Lightfoot

http://www.theindyc news/16837090/ detail.html

POSTED: 7:15 pm EDT July 9, 2008

UPDATED: 7:30 pm EDT July 9, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly 23 years after an Indianapolis woman was raped,stabbed and strangled, the man convicted of her murder was sentenced tomore than 100 years in prison...

Lisa Lightfoot was 19 years old in 1985 when her body was found along the railroad tracks near 927 S. Pennsylvania St..

Last year, Jimmy Atteberry, 49, was linked to the crime using DNA evidence resubmitted by detectives...Wednesday, Atteberry was sentenced to 110 years in prison...

Lightfoot's family told 6-News' Derrik Thomas they are satisfied with the punishment..

"There's no chance of anyone being hurt by him again..

I'm definitely happy about that," said Lightfoot's high school boyfriend, Adam Albertson...

"Twenty-two years is a long time. I'm glad it's finally over with."

The judge gave Atteberry the chance to apologize at Wednesday's hearing, but he declined. He said he would appeal the sentence.

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