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Jackie Hartman Murder: Trial Begins for Ariz. Man Accused of Murder, Rape on First Date

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Murder, Rape On First Date
Jacqueline Hartman and Jonathan Burns (CBS/KPHO)

PHOENIX (CBS/KPHO) The trial of a man accused of murdering 19-year-old Arizona woman Jacqueline "Jackie" Hartman on their first date began Tuesday.

Jonathan Burns faces charges of first-degree murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and misconduct involving weapons in connection with Hartman's disappearance and death. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

A grand jury indicted Burns, 25, in February. Hartman was reported missing on Jan. 28 after she went on a date with Burns.

According to CBS affiliate KPHO, police found Hartman's bloody, bullet-ridden clothing in a trash bin near Burns' Mesa home. Court records show her purse, sandals, bra and panties were also found in the bins.

The nursing student had been reported missing after she failed to return home from a date with Burns. Her body was found Feb. 18 in the desert.

Court paperwork showed Hartman was last seen by her sister, Randi, around 2 a.m. that morning. Randi said her sister was with Burns, and that the sisters were supposed to meet up again in Gilbert at 4:45 a.m. Randi said her sister was never dropped off.

According to court documents obtained by KPHO, Burns told police he had sex with Hartman and dropped her off at home around 5 a.m.

But police said Burns' couldn't account for his whereabouts for about five hours.

Authorities said earlier this year that Burns made plans to escape from jail while awaiting his trial.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Burns admitted to chiseling a plastic toothbrush into a tool he could use to open his handcuffs. Burns planned to unlock the cuffs and escape from a transport van, deputies said.

Burns had previously spent seven years in prison in Arizona for burglary, arson and other offenses, court documents revealed.

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