Boyfriend apologized for contaminating crime scene

CLARKSVILLE, AR (AP) - The boyfriend of slain beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer says he apologized to police for contaminating their crime scene after he straddled her nude, lifeless body and tried to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Day 8 of the Gary Dunn capital murder trial went by without a single mention of the defendant, and instead focused on testimony from Dirksmeyer's boyfriend, Kevin Jones.

Jones told prosecutors he discovered Dirksmeyer's body, then climbed on top of her to keep her warm. But under cross-examination by defense attorneys, Jones acknowledged that he thought she was dead.

He also told defense attorney Bill James that he couldn't explain why his bloody palmprint was found on a floor lamp used to bludgeon Dirksmeyer to death.

Jones was initially charged in the 2005 slaying, but a jury acquitted him in 2007.

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