Martinko murder trial moved to Scott County from Linn County

Jerry Burns, of Manchester (Courtesy: Cedar Rapids Police Department)
Jerry Burns, of Manchester (Courtesy: Cedar Rapids Police Department)(KCRG)
Published: Dec. 10, 2019 at 5:16 PM CST
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The trial for the man accused of killing Michelle Martinko in December 1979 has been moved to another county, according to court filings.

On Monday, December 9, 2019, a judge in the Linn County District Court ruled that the trial of Jerry Burns for first-degree murder would be moved to Scott County.

Attorneys for Burns

on November 25, 2019. They argued that the notoriety of the case in Linn County, along with widespread media coverage, would make it difficult for a fair and impartial jury to be chosen.

Prosecutors agreed with the argument, citing experience with other trials that received significant media coverage. The judge concurred with these arguments in his ruling.

The trial is still set to begin on February 10, 2020.

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