Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Newborn Twins' Death

Jackie Burkle, 22, of Huxley, Iowa, enters a courtroom at the Story County courthouse during her preliminary hearing, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 in Nevada, Iowa. Burkle is charged with two counts of murder in the death of her infant twins. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Bryon Houlgrave) MAGS OUT, TV OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT


By Aaron Hepker

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — A Huxley woman accused of killing her newborn twin daughters and hiding their bodies in the trunk of her car has pleaded not guilty.

Jackie Burkle is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. She is being held on $1 million bond.

Her attorney entered a written plea of not guilty on her behalf Monday morning in Story County District Court in Nevada.

Police found the infants' bodies in the trunk of Burkle's car on Jan. 7 after receiving a call to check on her.

Court records show Burkle appeared pregnant at work at a Huxley convenience store Jan. 5. She no longer looked pregnant two days later, prompting a co-worker to call police.

Police have not released a cause of death or why Burkle gave birth at home.
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