Straw Will Be Allowed as Evidence in Burns’ Trial

A judge will allow a straw as DNA evidence in a Manchester man’s murder trial.

Jerry Burns is accused of killing 18-year old Michelle Martinko forty years ago in the parking lot of a Cedar Rapids mall. Burns, who is now 66, was charged with First Degree Murder in her death a little over a year ago.

The straw was taken from the Manchester Pizza Ranch. During a recent hearing, Burns’ defense attorneys argued investigators did not have a warrant to obtain the straw, but investigators say they didn’t need a warrant because it had been discarded.

However, the judge also ruled this week that Burns’ recent internet search history of violent pornography – including pornography depicting sex with murder victims – would not be allowed as evidence.

Burns’ trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Scott County.