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Jadenn
12-19-2005, 03:22 PM
http://www.kthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=22023

Norma
12-19-2005, 03:39 PM
http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=22025

Student’s Autopsy Results Expected Next Week

Russellville Police Chief James Bacon says an autopsy on an Arkansas Tech music student found dead in her off-campus apartment should be completed next week. He said that until the state medical examiner's office performs the autopsy, the cause of 19-year-old Nona Dirksmeyer's death won't be known.

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=22050

Coroner Believe Arkansas Tech Student Was Strangled

The Pope County coroner says an Arkansas Tech student who was found dead in her apartment was likely strangled.

Coroner Leonard Kraut says 19-year-old Nona Dirksmeyer didn't die by means of a standard weapon, such as a gun or knife.

princessmer81
12-19-2005, 05:24 PM
How devastating for her family and friends.

A young girl living by herself - I did it too when I was her age but I realize now why it made my parents uncomfortable.

There is no mention of forced entry, and from the pictures I've seen it doesn't look like someone forced their way in. That makes me think that whoever did this to her knew her - or at least it was someone she trusted enough to allow in her apartment like a service or delievery person.

I am anxious to hear more details.

misterallgood
12-19-2005, 09:34 PM
http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=22025

Student’s Autopsy Results Expected Next Week

Russellville Police Chief James Bacon says an autopsy on an Arkansas Tech music student found dead in her off-campus apartment should be completed next week. He said that until the state medical examiner's office performs the autopsy, the cause of 19-year-old Nona Dirksmeyer's death won't be known.

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=22050

Coroner Believe Arkansas Tech Student Was Strangled

The Pope County coroner says an Arkansas Tech student who was found dead in her apartment was likely strangled.

Coroner Leonard Kraut says 19-year-old Nona Dirksmeyer didn't die by means of a standard weapon, such as a gun or knife.
I'm glad to see this here -- I started a blog entry about Nona's murder two nights ago, but there simply wasn't enough to do an entry that gave any more info than the newspapers. If anyone has done any extra research on this, please e-mail me at steve.huff@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Steve/Mr. A

Tristan
12-20-2005, 08:33 PM
I just heard about this on the news, and I am very surprised that there isn't more about it here on Websleuths.

If anyone finds out anything more, please post it.
She was such a beautiful girl with a promising future....how sad.

JustUsJones
12-21-2005, 11:23 AM
This article quotes a source as saying she was killed by a blow to the back of the head (earlier articles mentioned strangling as a possibility) and also mentions that she had recently had problems with a stalker. More at link:

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=A35511D8-1989-4968-A3E3-117665ADB05F

JUJ

NewMom2003
12-21-2005, 11:44 AM
This is such a shame. I saw this last night on Paula Zahn's show. She was a beautiful girl with a wonderful future ahead of her. They showed a clip of her mother and she appeared to be in shock.

texasgirl
12-21-2005, 03:55 PM
http://http://www.katv.com/news/stories/1205/287700.html

Wonder if this is just a rumor since there will be no news conference until tomorrow??

nanandjim
12-21-2005, 04:00 PM
http://www.katv.com/news/stories/1205/287700.html

The above article says that her throat was cut. :(
Thanks for posting it, TG.

texasgirl
12-23-2005, 10:53 PM
http://www.kthv.com/news/news.aspx?aid=20484&storyid=22152&bw=

Above links talks about a possible suspect in the case....

(Sorry I hate to cut and paste any info. Not sure of copyright infringement so I just post a link to keep from getting in trouble!) :)

Tom'sGirl
12-23-2005, 11:36 PM
http://www.kthv.com/news/news.aspx?aid=20484&storyid=22152&bw=

Above links talks about a possible suspect in the case....

(Sorry I hate to cut and paste any info. Not sure of copyright infringement so I just post a link to keep from getting in trouble!) :)SNIP FROM YOUR LINK:

There was no sign of sexual assault. According to the state medical examiner's report, Dirksmeyer had been beaten and stabbed to death. "Injuries included a stab wound to the back right side of the neck and superficial cuts on the front and right side of the neck, shoulder and ear," says Chief Bacon.

scandi
12-23-2005, 11:39 PM
It was a relatively small, 4" cut on her throat from what I heard.

I saw her case promoed on TV as well, as once in awhile I watch Paula ~ I think Paula is simply primo with her view.

Nona.

Today I PM'ed a friend here to see who this girl was that I learned about. I simply give Nona wonderful grace and love where ever she is. For one thing, she looks like she should be here at WS to study and take a look-see. It does look like our kind of case. YaYa

Scandi

BillyGoatGruff
12-23-2005, 11:54 PM
Some reports I've read have her listed as being "Miss Arkansas", which isn't correct. She was IN the "Miss Arkansas Pagent" as "Miss Petit Jean" (a very pleasant mountain community) but was not actually THE current reigning "Miss Arkansas".

I know all too well about the type of stalkers/unwanted attention beuty pagent conterstants garner. My 1st cousin won Miss Arkansas twice, back in the 1960s, and had to deal with a lot of weirdos. Her talent was rolling skating while twirling a lit baton to the (then current) pop tune "Little Green Apples".

Tom'sGirl
12-24-2005, 12:07 AM
Some reports I've read have her listed as being "Miss Arkansas", which isn't correct. She was IN the "Miss Arkansas Pagent" as "Miss Petit Jean" (a very pleasant mountain community) but was not actually THE current reigning "Miss Arkansas".

I know all too well about the type of stalkers/unwanted attention beuty pagent conterstants garner. My 1st cousin won Miss Arkansas twice, back in the 1960s, and had to deal with a lot of weirdos. Her talent was rolling skating while twirling a lit baton to the (then current) pop tune "Little Green Apples".
What I've read the arcticles say she was a Miss Arkansas contestant.

From what so many articles indicate it may well be that her boyfriend will be the one they announce the arrest of...........just reading between the lines, NOTHING CONCLUSIVE!

deanws
12-24-2005, 01:54 AM
What I've read the arcticles say she was a Miss Arkansas contestant.

From what so many articles indicate it may well be that her boyfriend will be the one they announce the arrest of...........just reading between the lines, NOTHING CONCLUSIVE!That is what I think too. :(

Raine
12-30-2005, 07:13 PM
So far, police say they have interviewed more than 50 people in the case including Dirksmeyer's boyfriend of 4 1/2 years. Through these interviews, investigators have been able to conclusively clear all but one of these people who is now considered the sole suspect in the case.

http://www.kfsm.com/Global/story.asp?S=4278030

Alice253
12-30-2005, 08:04 PM
I found Nona's obit, if anyone is interested. Prayers to her family.

http://www.atkinschronicle.com/nonadirksmeyer.htm

2lakes
01-03-2006, 11:14 AM
My neighbor just moved from Russellville & he said that the word around town is that the boyfriend did it.

I keep looking everyday in the newspaper & news to see if an arrest has been made. I wish they would hurry & get whoever did it off the streets!

princessmer81
01-03-2006, 05:39 PM
She sure experienced a lot of loss for someone so young - her father, both sets of grandparents, and an aunt all proceeded her in death.

princessmer81
01-03-2006, 05:44 PM
Did anyone else notice that her boyfriend, Kevin Jones, is listed as her finace in the obit? I didn't realize that they were engaged.

2lakes
01-04-2006, 10:28 AM
Did anyone else notice that her boyfriend, Kevin Jones, is listed as her finace in the obit? I didn't realize that they were engaged.
Her funeral was the morning that the police held the press conference to announce that they had a suspect. The police had briefed the family the evening before. Do you think they would have told the family who the suspect was?

fred
01-06-2006, 03:08 PM
Any more news on this case? Have they named a suspect?

princessmer81
01-06-2006, 04:52 PM
I can't find anything! It's so frusterating. Let's get this person off the street. I'm sure that the girls at that college will be terrified to go back after winter break knowing that the killer is still out there.

petra
01-06-2006, 05:13 PM
http://www.kfsm.com/Global/story.asp?S=4319475


just found this article..

mysteriew
01-18-2006, 03:56 PM
Russellville police investigators Tuesday turned over files to prosecutors, asking to charge a suspect with first-degree murder in the in the slaying of Arkansas Tech University sophomore Nona Dirksmeyer.
http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0106/294915.html

Anniegirl
01-18-2006, 04:20 PM
My niece won "Miss Green River Catfish" one year, which she was told anytime you win a "county" pagent , you than go on to compete in the state pagent.. so that is likely what miss petit jean paegent is like as well.

I really feel for this girl, no sexual assault either which makes it appear he had a lot of anger or obession with her, and likely being rejected by her-drove him to murder her, meaning he would rather see this poor inncoent girl dead than with anyone else... so sad.

Im wondering about campus security, doesnt like sound her dorm or apt. had cameras...etc.

concernedperson
03-31-2006, 06:13 PM
Arrest made in Dirksmeyer case.

http://www.pbcommercial.com/articles/2006/03/31/ap-state-ar/d8gmnpq85.txt

Annie
03-31-2006, 06:18 PM
It's about time! I suspected him all along. It didn't make sense for his mom to go with him when he found the body unless he knew what he was going to find and wanted a witness.

texasgirl
03-31-2006, 06:18 PM
Arrest made in Dirksmeyer case.

http://www.pbcommercial.com/articles/2006/03/31/ap-state-ar/d8gmnpq85.txt
FINALLY!! Thank you for the update!

Tom'sGirl
03-31-2006, 06:59 PM
Thank you so much CP for keeping us up-dated.

It's just as I thought who it was in the beginning, how sickening.

tezi
03-31-2006, 07:11 PM
I figured it was him also. I saw the coverage when the murder first happened, and when they showed him, he looked like he had shark eyes, no soul at all. I am wondering if she was getting ready to break up with him?

PigTails
01-02-2007, 03:42 PM
The trial is just two weeks away now. Is anyone else on here going to follow it? http://www.couriernews.com/archived_story.php?ID=13430&Search=nona%20dirksmeyer

tezi
01-03-2007, 08:37 AM
I plan on following the trial. I will have to do it online though.

I bet he gets convicted since his bloody fingerprints and palm prints were found on the lamp believed to be the murder weapon.http://www.websleuths.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif

PigTails
01-03-2007, 03:32 PM
I plan on following the trial. I will have to do it online though.

I bet he gets convicted since his bloody fingerprints and palm prints were found on the lamp believed to be the murder weapon.http://www.websleuths.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif

It's nice to know someone else is on here. It seems the only real place to follow this case online has become Court TV Crime Library. Some of the opinions expressed there are really strong and even border on irrational. Lots of raw emotion that’s for sure! JMO

scandi
01-03-2007, 04:01 PM
I'll follow the trial here too. I just reread the original article, and don't know how I missed the fact he and his mother were the ones to discover the body. Big red flag I should havew caught, as that looks odd to me. I think those bloody fingerprints and palm print will nail him. Evidently, like most killers, he has no backbone to fess us to what he did in that fit of anger.

I can't find a photo of him. 2 of these links are now dead. Anyone know where there is one?

Also I think it is interesting that it took LE 3 months before he was arrested. In so many cases we often wonder why on God's green earth it takes so long to make that arrest. We're wondering that about the Michelle Young case right now.

We seem to forget that anything good and well done usually takes time. LOL

Scandi

PigTails
01-03-2007, 05:11 PM
I'll follow the trial here too. I just reread the original article, and don't know how I missed the fact he and his mother were the ones to discover the body. Big red flag I should havew caught, as that looks odd to me. I think those bloody fingerprints and palm print will nail him. Evidently, like most killers, he has no backbone to fess us to what he did in that fit of anger.

I can't find a photo of him. 2 of these links are now dead. Anyone know where there is one?

Also I think it is interesting that it took LE 3 months before he was arrested. In so many cases we often wonder why on God's green earth it takes so long to make that arrest. We're wondering that about the Michelle Young case right now.

We seem to forget that anything good and well done usually takes time. LOL

ScandiHaving friend and mother in tow has raised a few eyebrows I’m sure. . . it was "convenient" to say the least. The arrest did take what seemed like forever and was mainly due to the crime lab being backed up I guess. It is going to be an interesting trial! JMO

scandi
01-05-2007, 02:16 AM
Hi Pigtails,

Reading tonight on the murder of Mrs Robb, I ran into SteveAllgood's post and read through his blog. I was amazed to find a blog on Nona and thought you all might want to read it if you haven't already.

It is most interesting, as none other than Kevin Jones, Nona's BF for 5 years posted there. Unbelievable, as he is now the one on trial for her murder. It is interesting to how Steve follows the original post and gives you the thoughts he has re: the post and other comments made by I think Nona's father.

Scandi

PigTails
01-05-2007, 09:48 AM
Hi Pigtails,

Reading tonight on the murder of Mrs Robb, I ran into SteveAllgood's post and read through his blog. I was amazed to find a blog on Nona and thought you all might want to read it if you haven't already.

It is most interesting, as none other than Kevin Jones, Nona's BF for 5 years posted there. Unbelievable, as he is now the one on trial for her murder. It is interesting to how Steve follows the original post and gives you the thoughts he has re: the post and other comments made by I think Nona's father.

Scandi
Steve Huff actually had some other good entries, but I believe he removed them (if anyone has seen them recently let me know). Kevin and the Step-father's posts were actually on the AR Pageant Board first. That thread was deleted but there is still another one of interest there.

http://missarkansas.proboards13.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=1144337241

scandi
01-05-2007, 04:07 PM
Thanks Pigtails,

The more we can learn the better, right? I'll look it up.

PigTails
01-05-2007, 04:45 PM
Thanks Pigtails,

The more we can learn the better, right? I'll look it up.
By far, the best thread left is on Court TV Crime Library. . .

http://boards.crimelibrary.com/forumdisplay.php?f=291 (http://boards.crimelibrary.com/forumdisplay.php?f=291)

Make sure you check it out if you haven't already.

PigTails
02-22-2007, 04:01 PM
There appears to be a lot of local drama on the Crime Library board. . . anyone up for a no nonsense discussion on here?

Floh
02-22-2007, 05:30 PM
There appears to be a lot of local drama on the Crime Library board. . . anyone up for a no nonsense discussion on here?




That's what i felt. not about the case. about posters. yawn.

PigTails
02-23-2007, 10:32 AM
That's what i felt. not about the case. about posters. yawn.IMO There is some good discussion on the Crime Library board but it is too often derailed. . . I seriously believe that there are some locals that are doing this intentionally. Regardless, I'm not going to stop reading it.

Bobbisangel
02-27-2007, 03:34 PM
Has the trial started yet?

tezi
02-27-2007, 05:46 PM
Has the trial started yet?
Bobbisangel, I think it was delayed. I'm not sure, I will see if I can find out later on tonight. I think either the prosecution or defense asked for a continuance and it was granted. I will see if I can find out though, ok?

PigTails
03-02-2007, 05:15 PM
http://www.couriernews.com/archived_story.php?ID=13503&Search=Kevin%20Jones

UM&AMWfan
03-02-2007, 06:23 PM
I'm suprised this case hasn't gotten really ANY national media attention since this is the first I've heard of this! When I first saw this thread I thought it happened recently but it was from 2005!

I'm really suprised the boyfriend was let out on bond. What was the motive for the murder?

tezi
03-03-2007, 02:25 PM
Thanks Pigtails! I haven't had a lot of time to look things up.

PigTails
03-08-2007, 11:06 AM
I'm suprised this case hasn't gotten really ANY national media attention since this is the first I've heard of this! When I first saw this thread I thought it happened recently but it was from 2005!

I'm really suprised the boyfriend was let out on bond. What was the motive for the murder?

And yet, part of the premise for requesting a gag order was that the case was getting too much attention. . . :waitasec: :(

MOO

STEADFAST
07-11-2007, 10:14 AM
Has the trial started yet?

Yes, apparently it has. Here's an account of the prosecutions opening statement and a preview of some of the defense's arguments. (Caution -- graphic details in this article.)
http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/195368/

chicoliving
07-14-2007, 04:34 PM
A former police chief testified yesterday about a bloody palm print on a light bulb - a print he concluded was made by a man accused of killing an Arkansas Tech student in 2005.

Kevin Jones is charged with killing 19-year-old Nona Dirksmeyer, his girlfriend. The light bulb was part of a floor lamp allegedly used to kill Dirksmeyer.

James Bacon, Russellville's police chief when Dirksmeyer died, testified that Jones said he touched only Dirksmeyer's body when he and others discovered it.

Jones' lawyers have said the print could have been created when the body was found. Bacon is a certified latent print examiner.

http://www.kait8.com/Global/story.asp?S=6789491

chicoliving
07-14-2007, 04:39 PM
Looks like there's a video of the trial also at the link

http://arkansasmatters.com/content/fulltext/?cid=57646

tezi
07-19-2007, 06:39 AM
The jury is deliberating. I will go find some links and post them.

Personally, I think Kevin Jones is going down!!!! He's such an arrogant azz.

tezi
07-19-2007, 06:42 AM
Ozark (AP) - The fate of a Dover man accused of killing his girlfriend is now in the hands of a jury.

Kevin Jones is accused of killing 19-year-old Arkansas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer.

The defense called only one witness Wednesday--a pathologist who said he could not affix a time to Dirksmeyer's slaying.

~~~SNIP~~~

http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0707/440410.html

tezi
07-19-2007, 10:39 PM
Kevin Jones was found NOT guilty today. :eek: I will post links later. I do know from watching the news out of Little Rock tonight that Nona's mother is going to file a civil suit against Kevin.

glezell
02-08-2008, 12:50 AM
This case is featured on 48 hours mystery sat night. According the website, since the trial, the defense team has uncovered new evidence. Just a heads up...


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/07/48hours/main3802230.shtml

"After the trial the case really heats up. As Jones' defense team continues their probe, will new evidence lead to a new investigation? "

kato
02-08-2008, 11:35 AM
This case is featured on 48 hours mystery sat night. According the website, since the trial, the defense team has uncovered new evidence. Just a heads up...


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/07/48hours/main3802230.shtml

"After the trial the case really heats up. As Jones' defense team continues their probe, will new evidence lead to a new investigation? "

Thanks for the heads up. I was interested in this case.

KansasCutie
02-10-2008, 12:26 AM
I just finished watching this case on 48 hour mystery....and they said a new prosector is opening this case up to seek charging the guy whos DNA was found on the open condom wrapper.

What a sad thing..she was so pretty :(

Annie
02-10-2008, 12:48 AM
I still think he did it. The other guy's DNA on the condom wrapper doesn't prove the guy killed her. Kevin Jones may have found the wrapper and that is what triggered his rage and caused the fight in which Nona was killed in my opinion.

lymom3
02-10-2008, 02:07 AM
I still think he did it. The other guy's DNA on the condom wrapper doesn't prove the guy killed her. Kevin Jones may have found the wrapper and that is what triggered his rage and caused the fight in which Nona was killed in my opinion.


I'm with you on that. Especially after I saw his behavior while in the interrogation room by himself. He definitely has some anger issues.

Pharlap
02-10-2008, 02:16 AM
I still think he did it. The other guy's DNA on the condom wrapper doesn't prove the guy killed her. Kevin Jones may have found the wrapper and that is what triggered his rage and caused the fight in which Nona was killed in my opinion.

Such a sad case.
Can't retry him, Double Jeopardy.

KansasCutie
02-10-2008, 02:17 AM
For some reason, i dont think he did it.

sherryggg
02-10-2008, 02:45 AM
The 48 hours episode is on now on the west coast.

mysteriew
02-10-2008, 05:50 AM
I'm with you on that. Especially after I saw his behavior while in the interrogation room by himself. He definitely has some anger issues.

I saw that, but to be honest I question whether it meant what the sherrif thought it meant. The first stage of grief is denial, shock. The second stage is anger.
Now I didn't follow all of this. But according to what was on "48 Hours" Jones, his mother and his friend found the body. Right away they call LE. Jones alleges that he handled her body. LE remarked on his calmness during the report. I think that was shock.

After calling LE the ones at the scene would wait and let LE into the home. There would be basic questions to answer from LE. Things like name, her family info. basics on how she was found. So he was busy.

They put him into an interrogation room by himself. I think about that time that it hit him that it wasn't a bad dream. He tried to open the door and couldn't, and I think that was an attempt to have some reason not to think about it, but without a distraction that was all he could think about. I think it was at that moment that he hit the wall. Looking for a physical pain to match the emotional pain. Jones isn't the first guy I have heard of who reacted to that grief/anger by hitting a wall.

The DNA on the condom (or wasn't it just a wrapper? so where was the condom?) it was interesting to me. You would think that if she had been with someone willingly they would have stepped forward and told LE I saw her alive at such and such a time. You would think they would want to do what they could to help solve her murder. But they didn't for some reason. Whoever it was used a condom. That doesn't seem to have been common with at least some of the others she had been with. I think whoever did it brought the condom, to hide the DNA evidence. Then in a hurry after the murder, they forgot to take the wrapper with them. Otherwise if the wrapper was there....why wasn't the condom found?

The chief reportedly said this statement:

But Bacon says the killer couldn't bring himself to cut Nona. "And again, that's consistent with a crime of passion. Because that's a difficult thing for some people to do," the police chief says

And that is bull. Cutting happens all the time in crimes of passion. With beating, cutting and stabbing, and strangulation it is close up and personal and a sign of great rage. And knives are cheaper and usually easier to get to than a gun. So it happens often. So that is at least twice where the Chief used his own interpetation of the evidence to fit his own theory IMO.

NewMom2003
02-11-2008, 05:54 PM
I'm with you on that. Especially after I saw his behavior while in the interrogation room by himself. He definitely has some anger issues.


I didn't take it that way at all. I took his actions in the interrogation room as that of someone who just lost their long-time girlfriend to a vicious murder. I didn't agree with LE's assessment of the video at all. I thought they were stretching on that.

I don't have a strong gut feeling on this case, but I am leaning towards Kevin being innocent.

Soonerbabie
02-11-2008, 07:57 PM
Were all of the weapons found? I know they have the lamp. I thought I seen on the 48 hours that the knife was from the home and found there. So that would mean, whoever killed her, didnt bring a weapon. Something provoked this person while with Nona. And snapped. I read somewhere.. I'll go find it if I need to, that there was a text message at 11:04 am from Trey? Trey said that he sent a message during that time. That text message was During the time frame Nona was killed. Could her boyfriend have been there during that time and seen the text message. I am curious as to what it said.
He was with her the night before. Then they talked till around 1:30 a.m. even though she had exams.. I think he went to her apartment during the time in between the exams too.

legallee
02-11-2008, 09:42 PM
I watched this and caught this:

All of her bf's (or lovers) said they never used condoms. So whose condom was it?

mysteriew
02-12-2008, 12:13 AM
I watched this and caught this:

All of her bf's (or lovers) said they never used condoms. So whose condom was it?

I heard that too Legallee and have the same question. If the boyfriends she had been with didn't use condoms, then I believe that they wouldn't have brought them with them to the home. Which makes me believe that it most probably wasn't one of the bf's.

PigTails
05-01-2008, 12:18 PM
Dateline news will be featuring a story on the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer, the beauty queen from Russellville, AR, who was murdered in her apartment on December 15, 2005.

Kenny Johnson, of Monticello, practiced in this area for many years was the lead attorney for Kevin Jones, of Dover, AR, who was charged with Ms. Dirksmeyer’s murder.

The trial took place July 9-20, 2007 and Kevin Jones was acquitted of the murder charge.

This case was known state wide and Dateline will be featuring the story on Friday night, May 2nd on KARK, Channel Four out of Little Rock, Arkansas.
http://www.monticellolive.com/local-...d-on-dateline/ (http://www.monticellolive.com/local-attorney-to-be-featured-on-dateline/)

STEADFAST
08-29-2008, 11:32 PM
http://nwanews.com/adg/News/235043

New man charged in death of student

Gary Dunn of Dover was arrested by the Arkansas State Police and charged with capital murder, according to a statement from the special prosecutor, Jack McQuary. Dunn, who will turn 29 on Tuesday, was arrested without incident in Conway County.

“I’m just going to say that I’m happy for Nona, that the person who did this to her is finally going to be brought to justice,” her boyfriend, Kevin Jones of Dover, who was acquitted in her killing in July 2007, said in a brief telephone interview.
more at link . . .
http://nwanews.com/adg/News/235043
New prosecutor says boyfriend rightly cleared

In July 2007, a circuit-court jury acquitted Jones of firstdegree murder in the death of Dirksmeyer, 19. Even after the trial, Jones’ defense attorneys continued to work to prove his innocence and later turned over to authorities new DNA evidence they helped uncover on a condom wrapper found in Dirksmeyer’s apartment after the killing.
Previously, authorities have said there was no sign of a sexual assault on the Arkansas Tech University student, found lying in a pool of blood on her living-room floor. However, court documents showed Monday that authorities now believe Dirksmeyer may have been sexually assaulted.
http://nwanews.com/adg/News/235428

legallee
08-30-2008, 06:42 PM
Wow! :eek: what a mess up they did! I felt they didn't handle this investigation correctly when I seen the documentary. I'm glad they got the right man.

STEADFAST
09-20-2008, 10:05 PM
Nona's case is being featured on 48 Hours right now. I assume they'll include the new developments.

SteveHuff
09-20-2008, 11:48 PM
Wow! :eek: what a mess up they did! I felt they didn't handle this investigation correctly when I seen the documentary. I'm glad they got the right man.

This is easily one of the biggest police screw-ups I've seen in ages. I'm still trying to get my head around it. Just amazing.

Steve

PigTails
09-22-2008, 05:23 PM
This is easily one of the biggest police screw-ups I've seen in ages. I'm still trying to get my head around it. Just amazing.

Steve
Will you be writing a follow-up piece?

wanttohelp
09-22-2008, 05:59 PM
I just saw this and my opinion is I can't say if I think the bf did it or not, but imo there was not enough evidence to charge him. If he was so cunning to make sure others (mom, friend) were with him when he discovered the body, I think he would have had enough thought in protecting himself as to get lawyered up, not do the flipping out thing in the inter. room.

STEADFAST
09-22-2008, 06:15 PM
I just saw this and my opinion is I can't say if I think the bf did it or not, but imo there was not enough evidence to charge him. If he was so cunning to make sure others (mom, friend) were with him when he discovered the body, I think he would have had enough thought in protecting himself as to get lawyered up, not do the flipping out thing in the inter. room.

They have DNA evidence that someone else did it. In addition to the DNA evidence, Gary Dunn lived in her apartment complex and had a previous conviction for battery. The boyfriend, KJ, has been acquitted at a trial where the lack of evidence against him was obvious.

PigTails
09-23-2008, 08:07 AM
They have DNA evidence that someone else did it. In addition to the DNA evidence, Gary Dunn lived in her apartment complex and had a previous conviction for battery. The boyfriend, KJ, has been acquitted at a trial where the lack of evidence against him was obvious.
So, the dna on the wrapper is enough for you to believe Dunn is guilty? Huh. I'm still waiting for more.

gaia227
09-23-2008, 10:33 AM
I watched this too. I really, really don't think the boyfriend is guilty. The fact that LE was showing the tapes of him in the interrogation room hitting the chair as some sort of indication he was violent was ridiculous and grasping. Anger is a very natural emotion to have when something like that happens. He walked in and found is girlfriend dead, violated by someone, her life beaten out of her and before he can even begin to process this he is being treated like a suspect. I completely understand his anger.

I think Dunn is probably guilty. When we were watching I actually told my fiance that LE should be investigating her neighbors to see if any of them had a background. It scares me living in an apt because it is so easy for someone to be monitoring your movements.
It is a little unlikely that a condom wrapper with his DNA on it would be found in her apt although I would not go as far to say that alone proves his guilt.

SewingDeb
03-30-2009, 01:42 PM
Trial in Dirksmeyer Slaying Set for September

Russellville - A judge has set a Sept. 28 trial for a Dover man charged in the 2005 slaying of an Arkansas beauty queen. Gary W. Dunn, 29, faces a capital murder charge over the December 2005 slaying of Arkanas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.



http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0309/607901.html

tezi
03-30-2009, 02:22 PM
Thanks Sewing Deb! This is one I will be following!

STEADFAST
09-25-2009, 11:10 PM
"An April 2009 trial date was delayed for a mental evaluation, and now it's been delayed again. The defense filed a motion complaining they weren't made aware of a state witness. A clerk for the judge says the dunn case will likely be postponed until next year. He's been held on a one million dollar cash only bond in the Pope County Jail since his arrest."
http://www.kfsm.com/news/kfsm-fort-smith-river-valley-dunn-trial-delayed,0,54548.story

STEADFAST
10-06-2009, 08:18 AM
Circuit Judge William M. Pearson's office says the trial has been delayed to April 12, 2010, due to "docket congestion."
http://www.wxvt.com/Global/story.asp?S=11255504

iluvmua
01-02-2010, 05:59 PM
one of the crime scene photos looks like the apartment was ransacked, I really hope they have solid proof that Gary Dunn did this.

Nona's family & friends need closure

Ruflossn
01-27-2010, 10:38 AM
Do we know when the trial is set to begin?

MLE
01-28-2010, 01:50 AM
Is the victim's mom still suing Kevin Jones, or does she think this Dunn guy killed Nona?

PigTails
04-15-2010, 09:10 AM
one of the crime scene photos looks like the apartment was ransacked, I really hope they have solid proof that Gary Dunn did this.

Nona's family & friends need closure
Unfortunately, her apartment looked like that normally. It must have been very difficult for LE to determine what might be crime related.

iluvmua
05-01-2010, 09:10 PM
There has been a mistrial in the 1st degree murder trial of Gary Dunn.

the really good thing is that he is going to be in jail without bond and they will find a new jury and take this case back to court. :woohoo:

Nona WILL eventually get her justice one way or another.

iluvmua
05-02-2010, 03:07 PM
If Pros. want to retry Gary Dunn for killing Nona they have to do so within 9 months.

waterhead
03-07-2011, 02:40 PM
can someone please tell me where jennifer dunn was during the murder i think jennifer found that condom wrapper and knew it wasnt from her and gary and took it to nonas apartment because she was pissed she just caught gary coming out of nonas 2 weeks prior now she find a condom wrapper that she cant place so she goes to nonas and dont like what she finds out resulting in a fight and the death of nona dirksmeyer she then made it look like a rape and forgot the condom wrapper on the kitchen counter once again i ask where was jennifer dunn between 10am and 1 pm dec 15 2005

belimom
03-07-2011, 09:35 PM
I know this is over a month old (Jan 2011), but I didn't see it posted yet....


Dunn’s retrial in Dirksmeyer death ends in hung jury


Photo caption:
Gary Dunn remains in police custody Friday night after his second mistrial. Prosecutors say they plan to try him again in Nona Dirksmeyer’s death.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2011/jan/29/dunns-retrial-dirksmeyer-death-ends-hung--20110129/

belimom
03-07-2011, 09:47 PM
This article gives an in-depth review of the case and all three trials:

http://www.5newsonline.com/kfsm-mistrial-declared-in-dirksmeyer-murder-20110128,0,6543387.story?page=1

I thought this was an interesting statement by her mother:


During Dunn’s second trial in January 2011, Dirksmeyer’s mother took the stand, testifying about her daughter’s sexual history and mental state. She thought Dirksmeyer had committed suicide because of her history of depression and self-mutilation.

STEADFAST
04-05-2011, 10:40 PM
They released Dunn from custody today and have decided not to put him on trial, pending a review in 6 months.


http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/152006/2/On-Assignment-Gary-Dunn-released-no-3rd-murder-trial

Noway
04-05-2011, 11:21 PM
Did the mom mean when she first heard her daughter was dead, she thought her daughter had committed suicide?

Because IMO this does not describe suicide. BBM




Jones found Dirksmeyer choked, beaten, and stabbed to death. Police said it was not a random act. Dirksmeyer lived off-campus in Russellville. Police said the victim was beaten to death with a floor lamp. Autopsy results indicated Dirksmeyer, a music major, died of multiple blunt force injuries.

iluvmua
04-07-2011, 08:58 PM
The state will not seek a third trial for Gary Dunn. Nona's Stepfather said they did not want to be subjected to a third trial.

:( I'm very upset. I've followed this case since early 2006.

iluvmua
04-07-2011, 08:59 PM
Did the mom mean when she first heard her daughter was dead, she thought her daughter had committed suicide?

Because IMO this does not describe suicide. BBM

That's correct, when Nona's mother first heard that Nona was dead she though she committed suicide. Nona (according to the article that I read) was on anti depressants.

waterhead
04-12-2011, 02:13 PM
all they need to do is figure out what gary was doing 2 weeks prior when he was caught coming from nonas place at 3am.ive been around the world, ive seen it all and done it all.when a guy sneaks away from his girlfriend to go to another girls apartment 2 things going on, either he sleeping with her or he getting some crack for them, where the 8 ball at gary.jennifer cant do nothing to a guy like gary he just slap her in the head and tell her to shut up and go back to bed.thats why im looking at jen if you have 2 problems 1 gary and 1 nona. jen cant do nothing about gary so that kinda narrows it down.cmon guys its not that hard

hoosier13
05-01-2011, 01:02 PM
Well I fairly convinced that the bf didn't do and really glad that poor kid didn't get punished for something he didn't do. I don't know the details on the second character but after seeing the questioning of the bf I felt like his pain and tragedy was compounded.