Murder trial set for June |

Murder trial set for June

A June murder trial was set for a Nevada City-area man accused of bludgeoning another man to death last summer.

David A. Burke II’s case is scheduled to be heard by a jury beginning June 10 in Nevada County Superior Cour. The entire trial is expected to last about four weeks.

Burke, 24, is charged with murder, vehicle theft and arson for the July 10 slaying of 26-year-old James Vannberg near Edwards Crossing, north of Nevada City. Sheriff’s investigators say Burke used a crow bar late on July 9 to beat Vannberg at the South Yuba Campground, where they shared a campsite.

Next, according to investigative reports, Burke drove Vannberg in Vannberg’s Jeep Cherokee to a nearby wooded area, beat him again and left him partially buried. Vannberg’s vehicle was later found on the Greenhorn Creek bed.

Burke’s co-defendant, David C. Leffingwell, 24, has since pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and is scheduled to be sentenced March 25.

Heather S. Gereau, 21, pleaded no contest to accessory to murder after the fact and was sentenced in December to six months in jail and five years’ probation.

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