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Burns Trial Starts

The trial for the man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids woman more than 40 years ago will begin Monday in Scott County. Jerry Burns, a 66-year-old man from Manchester, is accused of stabbing and killing 18-year-old Michelle Martinko outside Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Burns has pleaded not guilty. Burns now faces first-degree murder charges after investigators connected him to Martinko’s death based on blood they found in the Martinko family car. Police covertly matched Jerry Burns’ DNA from a drinking straw that Burns used and left behind at a Manchester restaurant, which officers collected from the restaurant without a warrant.

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