Luerkens Pleads Guilty to Marion Murder

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- According to online court records, Nicholas Luerkens has plead guilty to the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Lynnsey Donald, in 2015.

Luerkens was originally found guilty of stabbing Donald to death in the parking lot of the Marion Hy-Vee in April 2015. In 2017, the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial, saying the judge in the first trial should have allowed the jury to consider an insanity defense.

The second trial was set to begin in Scott County on Monday.

The plea happened during a motions hearing in Cedar Rapids Thursday afternoon.