Burns Takes Stand in Third and Final Hearing

A Manchester man accused of killing Cedar Rapids high school student Michelle Martinko forty years ago took the stand in his own defense on Friday.

It was the third and final day of a hearing to suppress key evidence against 66-year old Jerry Burns, who was arrested and charged a little over a year ago in Martinko’s cold case murder.

According to our coverage partner KCRG, Burns’ attorney, Leon Spies, called Burns as a witness at Friday’s hearing. Burns testified that he felt he should have had an attorney during questioning by investigators prior to his arrest in late 2018.

The judge did not make a decision on whether or not to suppress the evidence that was brought up during the prior two hearings – including the DNA evidence gathered from a straw Burns used at the Manchester Pizza Ranch and online violent pornography searches allegedly conducted by Burns in recent years.

Burns’ trial is set to begin February 10th in Scott County.