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Gilbert woman’s blood found in suspect’s truck

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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2007 4:19 pm | Updated: 7:30 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Police found a slain woman’s blood in the pickup truck belonging to a Mesa man charged with killing and raping her, search warrants unsealed Friday reveal.

The warrants also show that during a search of Jonathan Burns’ home, police found letters from a murderer, white supremacy materials and a photo of him giving a white power salute.

Police also found red-stained jeans in the trunk of Burns’ car, and investigators took samples of several red stains throughout his house.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Udall unsealed the warrants Friday at the request of KNXV-TV (Channel 15).

Prosecutor Vince Imbordino said the county attorney’s office will decide next week whether to seek the death penalty against Burns, who is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and misconduct involving weapons in connection with the death of Gilbert nursing student Jackie Hartman, 19.

Burns was in court Friday and so was Hartman’s family and a few friends.

“I didn’t feel as angry as I thought I’d be,” said David Hartman, Jackie’s father.

He said he wants to focus on the positives such as the community’s effort in trying to find her when she was missing.

Jackie Hartman was last seen Jan. 28 on a date with Burns, who told police he dropped her off and went home. Cell phone records show he was placing calls at the time of her disappearance in the area where her body was found Feb. 18.

According to the warrant, Burns spoke with his fiancee, Mandi Smith, in a tape recorded phone call from the jail and questioned her about the police search of their house, especially the bathroom and garage.

“Smith stated it didn’t look too bad, and Burns replied, ‘We could have just put the s--- in the garage,’” the warrant states.

Police found a bullet-riddled, bloodstained shirt belonging to Hartman in a trash bin at an apartment complex 1.5 miles from Burns’ home.

Police were led to the trash bin when an apartment manager found Hartman’s college ID and notified the college, which in turn called Hartman’s phone, which David Hartman was monitoring for messages, the father said.

In conversations with Smith, Burns also lamented how much trouble he was in, the warrants said. “As soon as they say guilty, I’m gonna start choking (expletive),” he said. “My lawyer will be the first one I kill.”

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