Burtch Pleads Not Guilty in Cold Case Murder

Published: Apr. 5, 2016 at 1:07 PM CDT
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An Iowa City man charged with killing Lance DeWoody more than 30 years ago has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

57-year-old Anthony Burtch entered the plea Monday.

Police accuse Burtch of shooting 22-year-old DeWoody in the head and neck at a picnic shelter on the north side of the University of Iowa's Oakdale campus in Coralville on either August 12 or 13, 1985.

University employees found DeWoody's body near what was the general hospital parking lot in August 1985.

Authorities said DeWoody was dating Burtch's wife and Burtch had stated he was going to kill DeWoody, according to witness statements. DeWoody and Burtch's wife spent the evening of August 12 together and then Burtch's wife returned home. A short time later, Burtch left for about 90 minutes. Investigators believe he killed DeWoody during that time.

DeWoody was a native of Olin who had moved to North Liberty and was working in the Iowa City area.

Burtch's attorneys on Monday asked the judge to place Burtch on supervised release and to appoint an Iowa City-based private investigator to assist the defense prepare for trial.

The judge has not ruled on either motion and has not set a trial date.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Burtch would face a mandatory life sentence