MICHELLE MARTINKO

Dateline NBC on Monday night will be airing their episode about the 1979 murder of Michelle Martinko, with interviews of Cedar Rapids investigators, Gazette courts reporter Trish Mehaffey, Michelle's friends and her relatives. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Martinko family lived without answers for 39 Christmases. ...

On Friday, Jerry Burns of Manchester was sentenced to life without parole in the death of Michelle Martinko. The video on this page is a replay of the sentencing hearing.  Martinko, a Kennedy High School senior, was stabbed to death Dec. 19, 1979. Police found her body in her family's Bui ...

The investigation into Michelle Martinko's murder will be featured at 9 p.m. Sunday in the cable TV series "On the Case" with Paula Zahn on the Investigation Discovery channel. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - After waiting five months, Michelle Martinko's family and friends on Friday finally will see a Manchester man sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing the teen in 1979. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - A judge has again reset the sentencing for a Manchester man convicted in February of fatally stabbing 18-year-old Michelle Martinko in 1979. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Sentencing for a Manchester man convicted last month for killing 18-year-old Michelle Martinko in 1979 has been delayed again, this time because of the COVID-19 outbreak. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Manchester man, convicted last month for the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Michelle Martinko in 1979, will be sentenced to life in prison without parole April 17 in Linn County District Court. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - He didn't start out thinking he was going to solve a cold case murder that haunted Cedar Rapids for 38 years, but he always believed it would happen someday because the victim's family deserved to know. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Her sister-in-law told her that grief doesn't end. It is 'endured and accepted' as part of life, which Janelle Stonebraker slowly came to learn after her only sibling, 18-year-old Michelle Martinko, was fatally stabbed Dec. 19, 1979. ...

DAVENPORT - Janelle Stonebraker was happy to get some answers about the slaying of her little sister, 18-year-old Michelle Martinko, after 40 years. ...

Day 9 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents' Buick parked at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Follow reporter Trish Mehaffey's live cover ...

DAVENPORT -#xa0;A DNA expert testified Friday, in rebuttal testimony, that the only biological fluid screened was blood found in the DNA profile developed from Michelle Martinko's dress, and was consistent with Jerry Burns. ...

Day 8 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents' Buick parked at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Follow reporter Trish Mehaffey's live cover ...

DAVENPORT -#xa0;A forensic consultant testified Thursday there may be another explanation for how the DNA of Jerry Burns was found on 18-year-old Michelle Martinko's clothing, besides that he was her killer. ...

Day 7 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents' Buick parked at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Follow reporter Trish Mehaffey's live cover ...

Day 6 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents' Buick parked at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Follow reporter Trish Mehaffey's live cover ...

DAVENPORT - Jerry Burns, when confronted by police with a genetic prediction photo of the man authorities believe killed 18-year-old Michelle Martinko in 1979, said, 'Do you think I look like that?' ...

Day 5 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents' Buick parked at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Follow reporter Trish Mehaffey's live cover ...

DAVENPORT - The DNA from a Manchester man, charged with slaying 18-year-old Michelle Martinko in Cedar Rapids 40 year ago, was 'consistent and cannot be eliminated' with a profile developed from the teen's dress, according to an Iowa criminalist. ...

Day 4 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents' Buick parked at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Follow reporter Trish Mehaffey's live cover ...

DAVENPORT - Retired law enforcement officials and criminalists testified Friday about how DNA evidence from the Michelle Martinko fatal stabbing in 1979 was tested over the years as investigators continued their search for who killed the 18-year-old. ...

Day 3 of the trial continues Friday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents' Buick parked at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Follow reporter Trish Mehaffey's live cover ...

DAVENPORT - A former crime scene investigator testified Thursday he determined the suspect who killed Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979, was wearing gloves before the attack because a 'zigzag or chevron' glove pattern was found on the door handle of her car. ...

The trial continues Thursday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents' Buick parked at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Opening statements followed by witnesses testimony ...

DAVENPORT - Curtis Thomas clearly remembers the night of Dec. 19, 1979, over 40 years ago, when he saw Michelle Martinko leave the Westdale Mall near closing time, he testified Wednesday. ...

LIVE COVERAGE OF DAY 2: Follow this link for Thursday's live coverage ...