CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A special prosecutor is telling jurors
they're trying the right man - only several years too late - in the
death of beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer.
Prosecutor Jack McQuary acknowledged in opening statements
Thursday that Russellville police made mistakes when they
investigated Dirksmeyer's 2005 death and zeroed in on her
boyfriend, Kevin Jones. Jones was acquitted in 2007 and 30-year-old
Gary Dunn is now on trial for capital murder in the case.
Jones is expected to testify.
McQuary spoke about Jones for more than 45 minutes without
acknowledging Dunn, who lived in the same apartment complex as
Dirksmeyer. But defense attorney Bill James argued emphatically
that Dunn is innocent and Jones is the real killer.
He says Dirksmeyer died in a "rage killing" and that Jones
intentionally contaminated the crime scene.
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