George Burch appears for motion hearing, judge says cell phone evidence is okay for trial

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A 39-year-old Virginia man going on trial this week for the murder of Nicole Vanderheyden had a motion hearing Thursday morning.

George Burch is accused of killing the 31-year-old mother in May of 2016.

Thursday the state and defense made some requests at George Burch’s motion hearing, but more importantly the judge ruled that cell phone evidence could be used in this trial.

Just a few weeks after Vanderheyden was murdered Green Bay police approached Burch and asked to extract data from his cell phone to see if he had anything to do with a string of car crimes that occurred June 7th.

Eventually the Brown county sheriff’s office obtained Burch’s cell phone data and place him at the time and place of Vanderheyden’s murder.

The defense had claimed this evidence shouldn’t be used in court because the sheriff’s office did not obtain a warrant or consent from Burch.

But today the defense also asked to use pornography found on Douglass Detrie’s phone.

Detrie was Vanderheyden’s boyfriend at the time of her death.

They want to use that evidence to establish the type of relationship he had with Vanderheyden.

Jury selection for Burch’s trial begins tomorrow at 8:30.

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