An Oct. 7 trial date has been set for a man accused in the 2007 death of a Gilbert woman whose body was found in the desert near Fountain Hills about a month after her disappearance.
Jonathan Burns, 29, has been charged with first-degree murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and weapons misconduct in connection to the death of Jacqueline “Jackie” Hartman, 19, who was last seen and heard from on Jan. 28, 2007. Hartman picked up Burns at the Diamond Shamrock on the corner of Val Vista Drive and Williams Field Road early that morning. Shortly after, Hartman spoke to her sister on a cell phone and told her they were lost on San Tan Parkway but were on their way to the Lazy Q on Baseline and Gilbert roads, according to court records.
Hartman’s body was found on Feb. 18, 2007. She died from multiple gunshot wounds to her head, according to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.
After a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday involving Hartman’s slaying, the court ordered a document to be sealed, according to court records.
Burns currently is serving a 5 1/2 year sentence in an Arizona Department of Corrections prison after being convicted last year of promoting prison contraband and other drug-related offenses, according to prison records.
Between Feb. 13 and Aug. 3 of this year, Burns has been found guilty of six disciplinary fractions in prison, including assaulting an inmate on two separate occasions, according to prison records.