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.