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Martinko’s Sister Comments on Burns’ Guilty Verdict

Some family members of Michelle Martinko were in the courtroom in Davenport Monday when Jerry Burns’ guilty verdict was announced.

A jury convicted Burns of killing the 18-year old Cedar Rapids high school student in a Cedar Rapids mall parking lot – a murder case that dates back to 1979.

Martinko’s sister, Janelle Stonebraker, spoke with reporters after the verdict – and praised Cedar Rapids police officers who worked the case for decades.

New methods in DNA analysis and a family genealogy website led investigators to Burns. Stonebraker said the investigative work by the police ensured they had a case once the new technology came about.

Burns now faces the prospect of life in prison. A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.


story courtesy of KCRG/Radio Iowa


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