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DNA Evidence Allowed Burns Trial

DNA evidence will be allowed in the trial of the man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teenager, Michelle Martinko, more than 40 years ago. On Thursday, a judge ruled prosecutors can use a straw police obtained in Jerry Burns’s trial. Police say they obtained the DNA from a drinking straw that Burns left behind at a Manchester restaurant. Investigators say the DNA links Burns to the crime scene. While the straw is allowed, a judge earlier this week ruled that Burns’s internet search history for pornography should not be allowed in the trial. Prosecutors believe Burns stabbed Martinko to death in December of 1979. Burns’s trial is scheduled to begin on Monday morning in Scott County.

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