Burns Hires New Attorney to Appeal Murder Conviction

A Manchester man convicted of murdering a Cedar Rapids teenager more than 40 years ago has hired a new lawyer.

Chicagoland Attorney Kathleen Zellner has confirmed to our news partner, KCRG, that her office is now representing Jerry Burns – and plans to appeal Burns’ conviction.

Burns was found guilty last February in the murder of 18-year old Michelle Martinko of Cedar Rapids, who was found dead in her parents’ car in the Westdale Mall parking lot in Cedar Rapids in December 1979.

Burns was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole last August. His lawyers filed a motion for a new trial based on new evidence, but the judge denied the motion.

He is currently is custody at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

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