Burns Wants DNA Evidence Used in Arrest Excluded from Trial

A Manchester man charged in the killing of a high school student 40 years ago is seeking to exclude from his trial DNA evidence used to arrest him.

The Des Moines Register reports that an attorney for 65-year-old Jerry Burns filed a motion this week to exclude DNA evidence police lifted from a straw Burns had discarded last year.

Attorney Leon Spies says in his motion that police didn’t have a warrant to seize the tossed-out straw.

Police arrested Burns last December for the stabbing death of 18-year-old Michelle Martinko.

Burns’ trial will be held in Scott County in February.


story courtesy of Associated Press