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FILE - In a Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Jerry Burns enters the courtroom during the continuation of a suppression hearing for evidence in the case of Burns of Manchester at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. Burns is accused of murdering Michelle Martinko in 1979. Judge Fae Hoover Grinde has barred from trial evidence that Burns searched the internet in the past few years for stories about assault, rape and murder.  (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP, File)

Iowa man guilty in 1979 killing of high school student

Feb. 24, 2020 6:38 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — More than 40 years after an 18-year-old high school student's body was found outside an Iowa shopping mall, jurors Monday convicted a man of murder in her death. It took jurors about three hours to convict Jerry Burns, 66, of first-degree murder in the Dec. 19, 1979, stabbing death...

Police: Man forced woman to watch 'Roots' for racism lessons

Feb. 18, 2020 1:39 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is accused of forcing a woman to watch the nine-hour miniseries “Roots,” threatening her and telling her the episodic drama would make her better understand her racism. Robert Noye, 52, is charged in Cedar Rapids with harassment and false imprisonment....

FILE - In a Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Jerry Burns enters the courtroom during the continuation of a suppression hearing for evidence in the case of Burns of Manchester at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. Burns is accused of murdering Michelle Martinko in 1979. Judge Fae Hoover Grinde has barred from trial evidence that Burns searched the internet in the past few years for stories about assault, rape and murder.  (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP, File)

Blood evidence at forefront of Iowa cold case murder trial

Feb. 13, 2020 7:41 AM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor told jurors on the opening day of a cold case murder trial that they were going on a journey back in time to learn about an Iowa high school girl who was slain more than 40 years ago. Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of Jerry Burns, 66, of Manchester, Iowa. He's...

FILE - In a Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Jerry Burns enters the courtroom during the continuation of a suppression hearing for evidence in the case of Burns of Manchester at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. Burns is accused of murdering Michelle Martinko in 1979. Judge Fae Hoover Grinde has barred from trial evidence that Burns searched the internet in the past few years for stories about assault, rape and murder.  (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP, File)

Opening statements expected for trial in 1979 slaying

Feb. 12, 2020 9:16 AM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Opening statements are expected Wednesday in the trial of a man charged with killing a high school girl in Iowa more than 40 years ago. Jury selection was completed Tuesday for the trial of Jerry Burns, 66, of Manchester. He's accused of fatally stabbing 18-year-old Michelle Martinko...

FILE - In a Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Jerry Burns enters the courtroom during the continuation of a suppression hearing for evidence in the case of Burns of Manchester at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. Burns is accused of murdering Michelle Martinko in 1979. Judge Fae Hoover Grinde has barred from trial evidence that Burns searched the internet in the past few years for stories about assault, rape and murder.  (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP, File)

Judge bars internet search evidence from 1979 slaying trial

Feb. 6, 2020 1:10 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has barred from trial evidence that a man charged with killing a high school girl in Iowa more than 40 years ago searched the internet in the past few years for stories about assault, rape and murder. Jerry Burns, 66, is scheduled to go on trial Monday in Davenport, where...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, right, looks to his husband Chasten Buttigieg, left, as they meet with members of the audience during a campaign event at Northwest Junior High, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Coralville, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In Iowa, anxiety and unpredictability cloud caucus finish

Feb. 3, 2020 12:22 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates hustled across the state trying to fire up voters and make a last appeal to those struggling to make a final decision about their choice in the crowded field. Speaking to several hundred supporters in Cedar Rapids...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a Get Out the Caucus Rally at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Latest: Warren assures supporters a woman can win

Feb. 2, 2020 5:46 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has answered a question she says people are “embarrassed” to ask about her candidacy: “Can a woman win?” Speaking at a rally...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with a member of the audience as he arrives at a campaign stop at the South Slope Community Center, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in North Liberty, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrats focus on unity as tensions from 2016 linger

Feb. 2, 2020 12:02 AM EST

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates promised voters in Iowa on Saturday they would unify the party to take on President Donald Trump even as they kept up their criticism of each other and navigated the lingering divides from the 2016 campaign. “I’m confident...

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 photo, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks to attendees during a campaign stop at 7 Hills Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)

The Latest: Yang says his caucus success will be a 'shock'

Feb. 1, 2020 10:49 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says he will “shock” the nation with his performance in Monday night’s caucuses. He says one reason will be his support from Republicans, who...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with a member of the audience as he arrives at a campaign stop at the South Slope Community Center, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in North Liberty, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrats focus on unity as tensions from 2016 linger

Feb. 1, 2020 9:26 PM EST

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates promised voters in Iowa on Saturday they would unify the party to take on President Donald Trump even as they kept up their criticism of each other and navigated the lingering divides from the 2016 campaign. “I’m confident...