Prosecutor Announces Arrest of Boyfriend in Dirksmeyer Slaying

April 1, 2006 - Posted at 12:59 p.m. CST

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Police believe the suspect in the

slaying of Arkansas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer tried to taint

evidence so investigators wouldn't be able to build their murder

case. Dirksmeyer's boyfriend, 20-year-old Kevin Jones, has been

arrested on a first-degree murder charge in her slaying. Her body

was found December 15th in her apartment. Investigators believe she

was fatally knocked on the head with a lamp.

Jones was among a small group of people that found the body.

Investigators say Jones put his hands in Dirksmeyer's blood and

they believe he was trying to corrupt the crime scene and provide a

way to explain if later any of her blood was found on him.

Dirksmeyer was a former beauty pageant queen and music student.

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