Suspect in Martinko murder case pleads not guilty

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teenage nearly four decades ago pleaded not guilty.

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Jerry Burns, 64, is accused in the death of Michelle Martinko. He appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the case.

Investigators say Burns stabbed Martinko in the parking lot of Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids in 19779.

A DNA match led to Burns' arrest in December.

He is currently in jail on a $5 million dollar bond.


Michelle Martinko was found dead in the Westdale Mall parking lot on Dec. 20, 1979. (Courtesy: Cedar Rapids Police)