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Opening statements expected for trial in 1979 slaying

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 66-year-old Jerry Burns, of Manchester. He's accused of fatally stabbing 18-year-old Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979, in Cedar Rapids.

Her body was found the next day inside her family's car at a Cedar Rapids mall. The trial was moved to Scott County District Court in Davenport because of pretrial publicity in Cedar Rapids. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

Associated Press

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