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Case No. 20-1150

State of Iowa
Jerry Lynn Burns

Jerry Burns appeals his conviction for murder in the first degree. Burns argues the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress where the warrantless extraction of his DNA profile violated his rights under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and article I, section 8 of the Iowa Constitution. Burns further argues the trial court’s refusal to instruct the jury on the law related to a witness’s motive to testify against Burns constitutes a prejudicial abuse of discretion. Finally, Burns argues the evidence was insufficient to establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



State of Iowa


Jerry Lynn Burns

Attorney for the Appellee

Tyler J. Buller

Attorneys for the Appellant

Kathleen T. Zellner
Nicholas M. Curran
Elizabeth A. Araguás

Rita Bettis Austen
Jennifer Lynch
Nathan Freed Wessler
Vera Eidelman
Patrick Toomey

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Sep 30, 2022 1:30 PM University of Iowa, College of Law, Levitt Audiotorium


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 31, 2023

Other Information

Date Retained:
Mar 01, 2022

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