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Court: Hy-Vee parking lot killer's trial can proceed

The Iowa Supreme Court denied a review Linn County’s appeal after Nicholas Luerkens’ conviction was overturned by a judge, granting him a new trial. (Linn County Jail)

A new trial for a man who admitted to killing his ex-girlfriend will go on after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled against reviewing the case.

The Iowa Supreme Court denied a request from Linn County to review Nicholas Luerkens’ conviction, which was overturned by a judge, granting him a new trial.

Luerkens stabbed 29-year-old Lynnsey Donald to death on April 21, 2015 in front of Donald's son in the Marion Hy-Vee Parking lot. He then tried to kill himself on the scene.

He was convicted of first degree murder in November of 2015.

During the trial, Luerkens’ defense never denied that Luerkens was responsible for the death of Donald, but said he wasn’t in his right mind during the murder. Luerkens appealed that the court erred in refusing to submit his insanity defense to the jury, which The Iowa Court of Appeals agreed with.

Luerkens has been moved from the Iowa Corrections Department back to the Linn County Jail on a $1 million cash only bond. A hearing to set a new trial date is set for July 11.

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