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Opening statements end, witnesses take the stand in Kareem Lane trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Opening statements have ended and jurors heard from a few witnesses Tuesday in a 20-year-old murder case.  Kareem Lane is accused of killing Muscogee County Superintendent Jim Burns. Burns was stabbed to death with a hunting knife by a burglar at his home on Broadway in October of 1992.

Lane was arrested at his Alabama home in 2010 after a retest of DNA left behind on the murder weapon revealed his DNA and Jim Burns'.

Police say Burns was asleep in bed with his wife when he was attacked and stabbed in the back. The murder weapon was found near the doorway of his home.

According to prosecution, an investigator at the Columbus Police Department sent the knife and a DNA sample off to be examined 2000 and 2002.

On the otherhand, the defense says police never took a DNA sample or tested DNA from Burns' wife. His wife is expected to take the stand. 

As many as 40 witnesses and 100 pieces of evidence are expected to be presented in this trial that is being held inside Judge Bobby Peter's courtroom.

Count on News Leader 9 for the latest developments on this trial. 

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