that Iowa man He served life in prison for the stabbing death of an 18-year-old woman in 1979, which resulted in the loss of an appeal to overturn his conviction.
the Iowa Supreme Court On Friday he rejected the argument of Jerry Burns, 69, that law enforcement officers violated his right to privacy during the investigation into the death of Michelle Martinko in Cedar Rapids.
Burns said police should have been required to obtain a search warrant before obtaining a discarded drinking straw and testing it for DNA. The DNA sample matched the DNA on Martinko’s dress, which led to Burns’ arrest and conviction.
Several civil liberties groups filed briefs supporting Burns’ appeal.
In a 5-2 decision, the court found that Burns did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when he threw his drinking straw into the trash after eating at a Manchester restaurant in 2018, the Des Moines Register reported.
Martinko’s body was found in her car in the Cedar Rapids shopping car park. It was a Stabbed nearly 30 timesthe police said. The investigation remained cold for decades until advances in DNA technology led to Burns.
Burns’ attorney, Nick Curran, said in an email that his client continues to maintain his innocence.