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Defense in beauty queen slaying try to shift blame

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Four jurors were seated in the first day of the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing an Arkansas beauty queen in Russellville.

Attorneys took more than six hours to pick their first juror, an older man, before adding three more at the end of the day. So far two women and two men sit on the jury for 30-year-old Gary William Dunn, who's charged in the 2005 death of Nona Dirksmeyer.

Dunn says he is innocent and that Dirksmeyer's boyfriend is the real killer. A jury acquitted Kevin Jones of the killing in 2007. Potential jurors were not in the room when Dunn's lawyers said that incriminating Jones was key to their defense.

Prosecutors dismiss the argument, saying Jones is not on trial and that genetic evidence links Dunn to the crime.

Dunn's trial is being held at Clarksville.

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