Jury Selected in Burns’ Murder Trial

A jury has been selected in Jerry Burns’ murder trial.

The Manchester man is accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teenager in 1979. Investigators believe Burns fatally stabbed Michelle Martinko in a Cedar Rapids mall parking lot. They say DNA evidence connected him to the case nearly forty years after the murder.

Burns has pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder.

Jury selection got underway on Monday morning in Scott County. Our coverage partner KCRG reports that there were around ninety potential jurors in the courtroom on Tuesday, with attorneys focusing their questions on forty of them, asking them about their jobs, family and other aspects of their life that may make them unfit to serve on the jury.

The jury of fifteen was selected late Tuesday afternoon, with three of those serving as alternates.

Trial officially began with opening statements this morning.