Judge moves to start Burke murder trial Tuesday

The murder trial of Ryan Scott Burke will begin Tuesday in spite of his 11th-hour plea today to switch attorneys and change venues.

Circuit Court Judge Patricia Crain denied the request, ruling Burke had not presented adequate evidence for the requests.

"We will go to (trial) on Tuesday," she said.

Burke, 29, is charged with one count of murder in the Nov. 2, 2006, death of his disabled wife, 24-year-old Candy Sheila Burke.

The state's case includes 30 witnesses who are ready to go to trial, said Deputy District Attorney David Orr.

"Each and every one of them are available," said Orr, adding airline tickets had already been purchased for some witnesses.

Candy Burke's body was discovered Nov. 12, 2006, in a channel near Agate Lake. She suffered from Friedreich's ataxia, a disease that attacks the nervous system and rendered her unable to walk.

Burke left his home in the 7900 block of White City's Ajax Avenue with the couple's three sons a day after his wife was reported missing.

He has pleaded not guilty to the crime and has remained in the Jackson County Jail without bail since surrendering to county sheriff's detectives on Nov. 13, 2006.

— Sanne Specht

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