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AMES, Iowa - A search warrant in the murder case of Jackie Burkle was released Thursday. The warrant in the case had been kept confidential, but the court-ordered seal expired and a copy of the warrant was obtained by the Ames Tribune.
Burkle is accused of killing her newborn infant twins in January.
According to that warrant, Burkle repeatedly denied being pregnant when questioned by police.
Burkle told Huxley Police Chief Mark Pote she wasn't and never had been pregnant.
The warrant stated Burkle even agreed to go to the hospital for a blood test, and the test results revealed Burkle was recently pregnant, but she continued to deny that was the case.
According to court documents, Pote told Burkle she and her babies needed closure. Pote then asked Burkle if the babies were in her room, and she didn't reply.
The documents stated Burkle remained quiet when Pote asked if they were in the house. When asked if the babies were in the car, Burkle nodded her head.
The search warrant stated the officers then discovered the newborns in the trunk of the car.
When questioned about the birth, Burkle told police she had a boy and a girl. She said both infants were not moving or breathing when they were born.
Investigators, however, have said the two infants were girls, but they have not released any details about the cause of death.
According to the criminal complaint previously released by investigators, Burkle later admitted the babies were born alive and she took actions to end their lives.
Authorities said Burkle was living with her mother, Natalie Ahl, during her pregnancy.
According to the search warrant, Ahl told police she thought her daughter looked pregnant and told her to go to the gym, but Ahl didn't ask and Burkle never said anything about being pregnant.
It was Burkle's manager at the Casey's store where she worked who contacted police. The manager told police she was concerned for Burkle's health and thought she may have given birth.
Police later reviewed video footage from the convenience store and noticed the difference in her appearance.
Burkle's trial is set for April, but her attorney has asked for a continuance.