Judge grants evidence request in Ledgeview murder trial

Posted: 7:09 PM, Oct 20, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-20 20:09:36-04

A judge has decided to allow a man, charged with the murder of a Ledgeview woman, to present evidence at trial that the defense believes will prove another man killed her.

George Burch's motion was granted to introduce evidence the defense thinks shows Douglass Detrie killed his girlfriend, Nicole VanderHeyden. Her body was found in a field in Bellevue in May 2016. The evidence includes text messages between Detrie and VanderHeyden, and alleged proof that Detrie took speed the night of the murder.

Detrie was originally arrested for the murder but was released from jail due to a lack of evidence. He's currently facing charges for a domestic abuse case involving VanderHeyden's sister.

Burch's jury trial is scheduled for February.