Opening arguments set for Thursday in Dunn trial

CLARKSVILLE, AR (AP) - After three long days of jury selection, opening arguments are set for Thursday morning in the trial of a man charged in the murder of beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer.

Attorneys picked their last alternate juror around 8:30 Wednesday night. That capped off three days of juror interviews, during which many people were excused because of passionate feelings about the death penalty.

Thirty-year-old Gary Dunn faces life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the 2005 beating and stabbing death of Dirksmeyer.

Prosecutors will argue that DNA found on a condom wrapper links Dunn to the crime, but defense attorneys dispute that. Dunn's attorneys say they'll try to convince jurors that Dirksmeyer's boyfriend, Kevin Jones, was the real killer.

Openings are set to begin at 8:45 a.m. Thursday in Clarksville.

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