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Nona Dirksmeyer

Updated on August 23, 2017

Nona Dirksmeyer- Death of a Beauty Queen

On a cold night, in December 2005, the little community of Russellville Arkansas lost one of it's brightest stars. Nona Dirksmeyer age 19 and a student at the local college, Arkansas Tech University, was found murdered in her off campus apartment. Her body was discovered by her boyfriend Kevin Jones. She had been badly beaten and her body was naked and covered with blood. As was Kevin Jones when the police arrived. Kevin Jones would later stand trial for her murder. He was found not guilty, for a lack of evidence.

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**Update on the Nona Dirksmeyer Case**

Gag order was lifted on the Nona Dirksmeyer case - 10/03/2011

Gary Dunn will not be tried again.

Information about Nona Dirksmeyer

Here is a brief history of Nona Dirksmeyer

Nona Dirksmeyer, Miss Petit Jean Valley 2005, a native of Dover and the 19-year-old daughter of Carol and Duane Dipert of Russellville.

Her critical issue platform was, "Break the Cycle - Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness." Her talent was a vocal performance of Con The Partiro. NONA DIRKSMEYER, ARKANSAS BEAUTY CONTESTANT: "Con The Partiro" is a song about love and loss. Translated to English, it means, with you, I part, or time to say goodbye. I hope you enjoy my version of this classic song.

A 2004 graduate of Dover High School, reigning Miss Petit Jean Valley, contestant in the 2005 Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, and a well-regarded musical talent, Dirksmeyer's death has shaken her family, friends, the community and the Arkansas Tech University student body and faculty.

She enjoyed vocal music education and was planning on teaching it in the future. Carol said there is no doubt in her mind she would still be competing in pageants. Nona was also the reigning Miss Petit Jean Valley at the time of her death.

"I'm sure she would be more involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters, too," Carol said as she showed her warm and proud smile. "I think it opened her eyes to these under-privileged kids. She really enjoyed hanging out with Stacey."

The day Nona died, she had a date with Stacey, Nona's "little sister" in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. The two planned to eat dinner and see a movie that night.

When talking to Carol, one can sense joy and a strong feeling of faith in her heart, but the heartache and tragedy seeps through as well.

"I'm not saying it's easy. It certainly hasn't been. [God] helped me through it day by day. You don't know how bad it is until it happens," Carol said. "You don't know how bad it feels. He's given me reassurance several times. I know where she is, and I know she's happier than she's ever been."

When Carol says she knows Nona is in heaven, she means it. Her confidence in God and heaven pours off of her. When in her presence, Carol's faith is impossible to ignore.

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Gary Dunn Trial Day by Day 2010
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The trial for Gary Dunn has begun. Gary Dunn is charged in the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer. If convicted they are seeking the death penalty for Gary Dunn. Come back here every day for postings from that day's court.

Four jurors were seated in the first day of the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing an Arkansas beauty queen in Russellville.

Attorneys took more than six hours to pick their first juror, an older man, before adding three more at the end of the day. So far two women and two men sit on the jury for 30-year-old Gary William Dunn, who's charged in the 2005 death of Nona Dirksmeyer.

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CLARKSVILLE -- The focus again shifted to attorneys' trial plans during jury selection -- now in its second day here at the Johnson County Courthouse -- in the capital murder trial for the man accused in the 2005 death of Nona Dirksmeyer.

A former bank bookkeeper whose relative, Brandon Curry, 25, of Fayetteville once roomed with Kevin Jones, Dirksmeyer's boyfriend, said she had met Jones, but denied it would impact her ability to fairly consider the case if selected as a juror. Jones, along with his mother and a friend, discovered Dirksmeyer's body on the night of Dec. 15, 2005, and was the first man charged in the murder.

"I don't have a relationship with him," she said.

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The prosecutors spent a couple of hours discussing the guilt of Gary Dunn and also finished selecting the jurors. They are ready to begin opening arguments today.

There are two mid day reports released on the Courier Website. Here and here!

CLARKSVILLE - The panel of 12 that will decide the fate of Gary W. Dunn, 30, accused in the December 2005 murder of beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer, includes six men and six women of various ages and backgrounds chosen during the course of three full days of jury selection.

Juror No. 1, a white-haired man who wore overalls to the first day of the proceedings, said he doesn't watch much television. He noted he had been a victim of a crime, and at one point said the "death penalty is right" in certain cases.

Juror No. 2, a younger man, wore a T-shirt and jeans when he appeared during Tuesday's proceedings.

Juror No. 3 is a white female who sat slumped as she answered questions.

Juror No. 4, a woman, said of the death penalty, "There's certain times when we need it."

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Both defense and prosecutors spent the day going back and forth talking about Kevin Jones. Not much mention of Gary Dunn through the day. A lot of discussion over the Kevin Jones palm print on the lamp. Plus much discussion over the actions of Kevin Jones before, during and after the day Nona was murdered.

Read more about the 4th day of the Gary Dunn Trial

The trial of Gary Dunn continued on April 20th in Clarksville Arkansas. Discussion focused on DNA evidence found at the scene of Nona Dirksmeter's apartment.

Defense attorneys admit the findings, determined by an expert employed by Jones' defense, are a match to their client, but dispute the state's interpretation of their significance.

Except from Courier Article

"You cannot say that the condom wrapper - that the DNA on the condom wrapper - belongs to Gary Dunn, is that right?" Jeff Rosenzweig, a court-appointed public defender for Dunn, asked Kevin Noppinger, director of DNA Labs International, the private firm that did the testing.

Noppinger, who testified he compared the DNA discovered on the wrapper to "various individuals," including Dirksmeyer; Dunn; Jones; and, defense attorneys later revealed, Jared Berry, a friend of Dirksmeyer's, agreed the findings more accurately suggested Dunn could not be excluded as the donor of the sample, and that there was at least a 1 in 2,100 chance that, as Rosenzweig summarized, "any other random person off the street" would present the same profile.

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The jurors for the Gary Dunn trial taking place in Clarksville Arkansas saw and heard testimony from Janice Jones and Ryan Whiteside. Both sides are still focusing on Kevin Jones involvement during the discovery of Nona Dirksmeyer on the night of Dec 15th 2005.

Read the full story on the mid day report from the Courier Newspaper

April 22, 2010

Dirksmeyer's boyfriend weeps as he recalls finding body;

attorney for Dunn alleges Jones' story 'ain't what happened'

Except from the Courier

"For Kevin Jones, the morning of Dec. 15, 2005, started out similarly to a dozen other Thursdays that had come before. He ran errands for his mother. Had lunch at a local cafe. Worked at his family's full-service gas station south of Dover.

But the day derailed into unfamiliar territory, Jones testified Wednesday, when he realized he hadn't heard from his longtime girlfriend, Nona Dirksmeyer, for hours. By late afternoon, he was growing concerned. By 6:30, he would discover her nude, lifeless body facedown and bloodied on the living room floor of her apartment."

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Gary Dunn is "left handed" says the cops.... Nona was murdered by a right handed person says the medial examiner...

Except from Courier Mid Day Report

"A state police investigator testified Monday that Gary Dunn appeared to be left-handed during an interview in 2005 -- an important point in light of a medical examiner's testimony last week..... Dr. Charles Kokes, the state's chief medical examiner, testified Friday cuts and stab marks on Dirksmeyer's neck and shoulder were likely inflicted by an attacker wielding a weapon in his right hand."

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The mid day report is out now.... Wow what a day in court. Jennifer Dunn had some things to say and i don't think it is going to help Gary Dunn any at all...

Except from the report...

"The wife of Gary Dunn claims he sexually abused her during their marriage to the point she was forced to undergo an emergency hysterectomy prior to their separation."......

"The wife broke down in tears as she described acts Dunn committed during sex, including "choking, putting his hand over your face, putting his elbow or arm over the back of your neck and shoving (your face) into the pillow or floors.

Jennifer Dunn also testified her husband began using condoms after he forcibly engaged her in acts of sodomy while they resided at the same South Inglewood Avenue apartment complex where Dirksmeyer lived and died."

Read the full story from The Courier

Gary Dunn Trial Declared a Mistrial by Judge

Circuit Judge Bill Pearson declared a mistrial at 12:35 p.m. Saturday in the capital murder trial of Gary Dunn.

Jurors were unable to reach a unanimous decision despite more than 10 hours of deliberation.

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Recent News about Nona Dirksmeyer Case

DNA study OK for Dunn trial

Story date: March 16

April 12 trial date nears

in Dirksmeyer murder case

By Adam Franks

newseditor@couriernews.com

A judge ruled Monday prosecutors can use an analysis that estimates a one in 120 million likelihood DNA found near Nona Dirksmeyer’s dead body belongs to someone other than Gary W. Dunn, 30, of Dover.

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Gary Dunn arrested in Nona Dirksmeyer case

Gary Dunn arrested for Capital Murder on Aug. 22 08

A new arrest has been made in the murder case of Arkansas beauty queen, Nona Dirksmeyer.

Gary Dunn is charged with capital murder, according to the State Special Prosecutor Jack McQuary.

Dunn is being held in the Pope County Detention Center.

No other details are being released right now.

Dirksmeyer was killed in December 2005. In 2007, a jury found her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Jones, not guilty of the murder in 2007.

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Gary Dunn pleads not guilty

Murder suspect Gary Dunn pleads not guilty

Murder suspect pleads not guilty

Story date: Sept. 23, 2008

Public Defender Commission appoints Little Rock lawyer to represent man accused in 2005 Dirksmeyer murder

The Dover man suspected of killing Arkansas Tech University student Nona Dirksmeyer pleaded not guilty to charges of capital murder at a hearing Monday morning in Pope County Circuit Court.

Gary W. Dunn, 29, is accused in the Dec. 15, 2005, slaying of Dirksmeyer at her home on South Inglewood Avenue in Russellville. Dunn was arrested in August near Center Ridge in Conway County, and is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond at the Pope County Detention Center.

Dunn is scheduled to stand trial April 13-24, 2009.

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1mil bond set for Suspect in Nona Dirksmeyer Case

Russellville suspect Gary Dunn bond set for one million dollars

A man suspected of murdering a Dover girl is being held at the Pope County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000,000 cash bond. Gary W. Dunn, 28, was arrested Friday and is charged with capital murder in connection with the December 2005 death of Nona Dirksmeyer, an Arkansas Tech University student.

Dunn was convicted of second-degree battery in 2003 and sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for an assault on another Russellville woman at a jogging trail in Russellville.

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New Story 08/26/08

In an affidavit, Arkansas State Police Special Agent Stacie Rhoads said for the first time evidence at the crime scene indicated a possible sexual assault - a charge prosecutors previously denied - and said a condom wrapper found near Dirksmeyer's body indicated "a mixture" of DNA matched to Dirksmeyer and Dunn.

At Jones' trial, Kevin Noppinger, a lab director from DNA Labs International, a private consulting firm, testified he analyzed the condom wrapper in December 2006 at the defense team's request.

Noppinger testified he found Y-chromosome DNA evidence on the condom wrapper, which Terry Rolfe, chief resident DNA expert with the Arkansas State Crime Lab, testified earlier in the trial would "point to a lineage rather than a particular person."

She said such evidence could be used to exclude certain suspected donors, assuming they did not share an ancestry with the donor of the DNA.

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Gary Dunn seems like a person who could have committed this terrible act of violence

Hearing set for suspect in Dirksmeyer case

Hearing set for Gary Dunn

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the case against a Dover man suspected of killing an Arkansas Tech University student. The hearing will be held at the Pope County Courthouse before Circuit Judge William Pearson.

Gary W. Dunn, 29, is accused in the Dec. 15, 2005, slaying of Nona Dirksmeyer at her apartment on South Inglewood Avenue in Russellville. Dunn was arrested in August near Center Ridge in Conway County, and is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond at the Pope County Detention Center.

Dunn is scheduled to stand trial April 13-24.

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Dunn seeks own mental exam

Story date: Feb. 17, 2009

Client's defense still 'that of innocence,' attorneys say; results would be admissible only during penalty phase of capital murder trial

(AP) - A man charged with killing an Arkansas Tech student at her South Inglewood Avenue apartment wants a judge to allow him to have an independent medical examination, which would come into play if he is convicted.

Gary Dunn, 29, of Dover, pleaded not guilty to capital murder for the 2005 killing of Nona Dirksmeyer, 19. A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in Pope County Circuit Court before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson in advance of an April 13 trial.

Lawyers for Dunn, Jeff Rosenzweig and William O. James Jr., both of Little Rock, said in a motion that prosecutors can ask for the death penalty if Dunn is convicted.

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Prosecutors seeking death penalty

Pope County Circuit Judge Bill Pearson granted a motion for continuance in the capital murder trial of Gary Dunn, 29, on Tuesday.

Dunn is accused in the 2005 murder of Nona Dirksmeyer, 19.

During Tuesday's hearing, prosecutor Jack McQuary also indicated the state would seek the death penalty against Dunn.

A new trial date has not been set.

Dunn to receive psychiatric examination

Update: 04/08/09

Fifth Judicial District Circuit Judge William "Bill" Pearson granted two motions last week for a Dover man charged with capital murder in the 2005 slaying of Nona Dirksmeyer, which will give the defense counsel access to evidence for testing as well as allow the defendant to receive a psychiatric examination.

The order will give the defense of Gary Dunn, 29 - who is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 28 in connection with the Dec. 15, 2005 homicide - access to a condom wrapper and its biological matter, which was obtained from the crime scene, according to court documents.

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September trial set in beauty queen slaying

Story date: March 27, 2009

The Dover man charged with capital murder in the 2005 slaying of Nona Dirksmeyer will face a jury trial Sept. 28, according to court documents filed earlier this week.

Gary W. Dunn, 29, who remains in police custody, was previously to stand trial in connection with the Dec. 15, 2005, homicide April 13. Defense attorneys Jeff Rosenzweig and William O. James Jr. requested a continuance in the case Feb. 17, citing the "huge amount" of information gathered as a result of two investigations into the 19-year-old Dirksmeyer's death - an initial one that culminated in the arrest of Kevin N. Jones of Dover, Dirksmeyer's boyfriend, who was later acquitted of the crime, and the subsequent one that led to Dunn's arrest.

Little Rock attorney Jack McQuary, appointed as a special prosecutor in the case last year at the request of 5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons, indicated at the Feb. 17 hearing the state was seeking the death penalty against Dunn "at this point in time."

Read the full story of Gary Dunn Trial Set for September

Gary Dunn Trial postponed until April 2010

Gary Dunn trial will be in Clarksville Arkansas

The trial of Gary Dunn is set to start in April 2010. Gary Dunn is charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Nona Dirksmeyer.

Who is Kevin Jones

Lets take a look at Kevin Jones

Who is Kevin Jones?

Kevin Jones attended Dover High School in Dover, Arkansas, graduating in 2004 at age 18. Kevin will turn 21 in 2007 on November 20. He has always had a great love of the outdoors and athletics in general, with a particular emphasis on baseball. Like Nona Dirksmeyer, Kevin had a record of achievement in high school. In fact, he had been elected president of the Arkansas State Beta Club, an honors society for high school students, by the time he graduated. Kevin's parents, Janice and Hiram Jones, own a gas station located between Dover and Russellville, Arkansas.

*source* Huffs Crime Blog

Kevin Jones was a likely suspect in the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer. She was beaten severely, which made it appear to be a crime committed by someone with strong feelings towards her. As in any murder case the police usually look very hard at people who had direct contact with the victim. Husbands and boyfriends are very often prime suspects in murder cases involving women.

In this case it seems that the Russellville Police Detectives focused on Kevin Jones right from the beginning. Maybe leading them to over look evidence that didn't point towards Kevin as the guilty party.

Kevin Jones has been found NOT GUILTY and a new suspect has been arrested

Recent story about Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones denied college education

ATU won't admit man acquitted in slaying

Story date: Aug. 20, 2008

(AP) - The man acquitted in the death of a former Arkansas Tech University (ATU) student said he'll appeal the university's decision to deny him admission for the fall semester.

Kevin Jones, who was acquitted in the 2005 death of his girlfriend Nona Dirksmeyer, said he believes his murder trial was the reason he was denied admission to the university.

"It feels like if this didn't happen to me, they would have let me in," Jones told Little Rock television station KATV.

Read the full story about Kevin Jones

Read News Stories about the Nona Dirksmeyer case

These links will take you to the archives of The Courier (Russellville Newspaper)

Like the murder itself, questions surrounding leak of confidential information from DIRKSMEYER investigative file remain unanswered.

Following their release of information suggesting experts may have found a match for DNA found on a condom wrapper at the scene of a 19-year-old college student's violent death, attorneys for Kevin Jones - the man tried for, and acquitted of, Nona DIRKSMEYER's murder - are now leaving more questions than answers.

Gibbons: 'Misunderstanding' provides portion

of unreleased DIRKSMEYER case file to television show

The many twists and turns of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Dover High School graduate and Arkansas Tech University student Nona DIRKSMEYER - now entering its third year - perhaps lend themselves, in their complexity, to misunderstanding and confusion.

Apparently, elements of those states may have spilled over into other arenas surrounding the case.

Special prosecutor appointed to Dirksmeyer case More than two years after her murder - and nearly seven months after a Franklin County jury found her longtime boyfriend, Kevin Jones, not guilty of the crime - a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate the death of Nona DIRKSMEYER, ....more

Life has continued for Carol Dipert, Nona DIRKSMEYER's mother, after Kevin Jones was acquitted for DIRKSMEYER's first-degree murder at the Franklin County Courthouse in July. DIRKSMEYER's body was discovered in her Russellville apartment Dec. 15, 2005. The cause of death was multiple blunt- and sharp-force trauma.

As Dipert now tries to re-enter her own life, she recalled DIRKSMEYER's relationship with Jones and the couple's breakups and makeups.

Dipert said Jones and DIRKSMEYER began hanging out together in junior high school,....

OZARK — At 2:21 p.m. Thursday in the Franklin County Courthouse, 581 days after former Arkansas Tech University student Nona DIRKSMEYER was brutally murdered in her South Inglewood Avenue apartment, the jury in the State v. Jones trial returned a verdict of “not guilty” to heavy silence in the courtroom.

Kevin Jones, DIRKSMEYER’s high school sweetheart, was arrested in March 2006 in connection with DIRKSMEYER’s murder.

Dedicated to the memory of Nona Dirksmeyer!

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      roberto-chambers-5 3 years ago

      What a tragedy. But it is hard to accuse or make a final judgment accusing someone when i only have less than 60 minutes of the information. Hopefully God help us in finding a solution to the case without making unfairly accusations.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Nice Mouth. The first sign of a weak mind is the inability to make a coherent sentence without cursing. Try to learn new words to substitute the foul ones. At least you will sound smarter

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They don't know who the fuck did it. They just accusing people. Russellville doesn't have any good investigators!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think the stepfather didn't have anything to do with the murder. Gary Dunn, who has been known and convicted to assault women, even by his own wife, and who's DNA was on the condom wrapper, who lived upstairs from Nona, is the only suspect and I hope he's tried for the third and final time. The jury in the previous two cases was hung 8-4 and now that the gag order has been lifted we can find out if 8 or the 4 thought he was guilty. This guy has mental problems and was asking for a mental evaluation before the verdict was even reached. He was ready to claim mental instability so they spare him the death penalty, which even his defense attorney agreed to. This guy probably came nocking for something simple so Nona let him inside, then he thought he'd be able to get some action since he's probably seen different guys coming and going from her apartment so he thought he had a chance too, when she refused to his advances he got crazy violent and slammed her in the head with the light base, then seeing she's probably dead, he panicked and ran back home like nothing happened, forgetting all about the condom wrapper on the kitchen counter. Case closed. His own wife refused his alibi that he wasn't around and she knows better than anyone else that he's capable of doing this. Hope to bring this criminal to justice soon so he doesn't do this to anyone else. If anyone has any agrees or disagrees or has different ideas or anything to add please respond so we can help solve this case.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just saw this case on "48hours Hard Evidence" and they reported she was cheating on her boyfriend with "many others".. and that police interviewed "All of the other men Nona was sleeping with and cleared them all".

      They only showed on the tv show one of the "many other men". The clip showed him answering a polygraph test where he said they never used condoms during the 10 times he slept with her.

      The police did find an empty condom wrapper in her apartment, even though her boyfriend also said he never used condoms with her either...OMG how MANY guys was she sleeping with? Is that "normal" type of sexually active for a 19 year old girl nowadays?

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a tragedy! Such a young girl with so much life ahead of her!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: In reading some of the comments, I noticed that the accusation that the stepfather is guilty was basically from a feeling or a suspicion. That is how I feel..I did not see a Dateline episode on the case, but rather a repeat 48 Hours, so anything that affected him was not included, such as his established whereabouts. It's simply very tragic that the case was not handled properly and there is still not justice.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I believe the stepfather did it & I believe the mother knows. The mother let Nona's own father abuse her why would she stop with a stepfather. The stepfathers answer about the phone "being a cheapskate" I don't buy it. The man seems to be missing a few brain cells. STEPFATHER GUILTY!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is such a terrible tragedy, but even worse is the fact that this crime may never be solved, a killer will go unpunished, and a family will never know the reasonings behind the vioent murder of their loved one. It sounds to me like the investigators need to be re educated on how to "investigate" and the cops need to learn how to NOT interfere with a crime scene. (Anyone with any common sense knows not to do some of the ignorent things that they did.) As for the boyfriend "Jones" and the friend "Dunn" I can not say who exactly that I think may be guilty. There is evidence that makes me suspicious of the both of them to be perfectly honest. And the parents also seem to have behaved very strangely. At this point only God knows who is guilty of such a horrible act. Anyway, all blame aside a life has been taken and she deserves closure and justice. I hope someone with little common sense can come in and put together something that will lead to a conviction, My condolences go out to her family and I pray that this doesn't have to happen to another family before someone finally decides to do something about it.

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      joanv334 6 years ago

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      glenanail 6 years ago

      such a beautiful child, very sad, never heard of the case before

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      eccles1 7 years ago

      Sad story and it happens so much now days

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

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      grkldy1 7 years ago

      I agree that Kevein's responces were normal. They tried to prove he had rage. Hello...I'd freak out to. He loved her and found out to much about her after the fact. I hope they find the killer soon.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Both Kevin's defense team and the new PA tested for the step-father's dna. NOTHING was found. Is that good enough for you, or must you continue to attack the victim's family? Your nic suits you well.

      News programs like Dateline should not be taken at face value. Their only purpose is to entertain, not to uncover the truth. Innocent people are implicated without even a thought. Should you ever find yourself in the midst of nightmare like Nonas murder, DO NOT give an interview to these people! Heartless, is the best word I can come up with. It really is all about the money and ratings.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: More than Likely, Gary Dunn is the person who killed Nona.

      1. His DNA was found mixed with her DNA

      2. He attacked a woman on the Bona Dea (sp)? trails in Russellville in 2002. Nona was attacked in a similar fashion.

      3. Gary Dunn lived in the same apartment complex as Nona when she was murdered.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I watched the interrogation videos of Kevin Jones...It was obvious to me that this poor kid didn't do it...his reactions were honest and appropriate for what was being thrown at him..I don't know how the detective could have conducted that interview and come away with the 'gut feeling' that Kevin did it.. I'm a cop and my gut screamed at me that he was completely innocent, scared and baffled..not to mention in shock from the loss of his beloved girlfriend

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I saw 48 hours on this case, and i cannot honestly form an opinion on who may have done this evil deed. All i can say is that i hope it is solved for this beautiful young lady and that everyone involved can finally put some closure to it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      RE: russellville1 russellville1 Mar 15, 2010 @ 6:50 am

      Gary Dunn did not do it.....everyone that thinks so will see in time there is allot that they aint telling you outsiders.....I just hope they find the right one....And not put someone to death for their mistake

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      russellville1 7 years ago

      Gary Dunn did not do it.....everyone that thinks so will see in time there is allot that they aint telling you outsiders.....I just hope they find the right one....And not put someone to death for their mistake

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      as to why Nona's stepfather had her phone in the first place: LE got everything they needed from that phone and they had not use for it anymore.

      Nona's Stepfather had NOTHING to do with her death. hopefully after GD has been tried and convicted of her murder 48 hours and Dateline will update their stories.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The step-father did NOT do it. The news reporting this case since day one has been one sided. Dateline, through the magic of editing, managed to paint the picture of him having motive. What they failed to reveal is that his whereabouts were established and that him being a suspect was impossible. With regards to Kevin, again, the media was one sided. I know the family of the victim and I know of things that the police had gathered that was later admitted in court as evidence and in my opinion it was purely circumstantial. Bravo for a jury strong enough to see that. Do I think Kevin did it...no. Do I think Gary did it...I don't know. Things have been much quiter and I do not know all the evidence they have that would incriminate him other than one key piece that links him to previously being in the apartment of the deceased. What I do know is that plenty of people have one sided opinions based on what the media has fed them and that ignorance and hatred of said opinions is just as dangerous as the crime its self.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Didn't know much of this case but I heard it a couple of times. It's so sad knowing that a girl with a bright future could end up this way. Hope justice will prevail and can be achieve by the family.

      Will be dropping by this lens again for updates. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Stepfather didn't do it. The police did their job by focusing on the boyfriend, but they should also have immediately done a search of possible neighbors with criminal backgrounds. That might have given credibility to Kevin's story even while the police were verifying it.

      I see that after the new guy was arrested, the parents who villified Kevin didn't want to talk about the case. Too ashamed to admit they could be wrong? What a fine example of humanity.

      And for the mother of the neighbor who was arrested who was insisting her son didn't even know Nona...how was his DNA on the condom wrapper inside her home? Denial is a terrible thing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      While I can understand the parents of this beautiful young woman hating Kevin I do not now understand their refusing to come forward and help clear his name and reputation. In lifgt of all the interviews they gave against him they owe him that much. Their daughter did care for him a lot.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Someone please tell me they are not just going to settle with this new guy? They need to still be looking into anyone who has a connection with Nona. Like say the stepfather. This guy is sick. He had the phone and asked for it back? WHY? what was sooo important about that phone? It wasn't the fact that he is cheap. That was a stupid comment he made. Whatever this could be the killer. Think about it and watch the 48 hours show. Watch his actions in and out of the media. There is something off about this guy.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I believe the murderer to be the stepfather. Has anyone looked into this guy and his relationship with Nona? I mean lets face it. He was hoping pretty hard that Kevin would be convicted. Not to mention the fact the way he acted when asked about the cell phone. How sick is that?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hopefully when the trial of Gary Dunn is concluded, the real killer of Nona Dirksmeyer will be off the street forever. I wonder id her mother, stepfather and the Kevin Jones haters will apologize to Kevin and his family for their poor treatment. And will Arkansas Tech finally admit him and apologize for denying him entrance to their school? Shame on all of you for treating him so badly when he was acquitted. You should aim your anger at the Russellville PD and prosecutor.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good grief Peter! Why does everything have to be about race. I pray for the family of Nona that they may one day have peace and at least some satisfaction when the killer is finally convicted. Anyone can look at Gary Dunn and know that Nona would have NEVER had anything to do with someone like him willingly. GD is a predator. I believe this man is guilty and the world is a much safer place with him off the streets. Just ask that poor lady jogger he attacked. She would have probably been another unsolved homicide had she not fought back. Poor Nona may have cooperated with him somewhat because she thought there was a chance her might let her go. GD is right where he needs to be imo and if convicted hopefully sent somewhere he can never hurt another human being again. I know everyone keeps pointing at the weird and creepy step-father, but trust me. He did not do this. Look into the eyes of GD and you will see a cold-blooded killer with no compassion or concern for others.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I guess that it was Kevin Jones' luck that he was white? Had he been black no one would have given a dime about him and he would surely have been convicted? Or? Just a thought.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just watched 48 hours on tv in sweden and googled the internet to see what became of the story. I can't believe how bad the police did their work. They could have had the right murder arrested, instead they made KJ go through hell. I can't believe ND:s parents either. Totally blinded by hate. Even so much that the stepfather knowingly destroyed evidence. I hope that peace and justice will come to Nona.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Great job in making this lens.

      I didn't know about this case and

      now I know a lot.

      what a sad story.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Stories like this are always so damned sad and they are numerous. There simply is no hope in a "Perfect World."

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You have really done a thorough job with this lens telling this horrible story.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Happens even worse!..............

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Congrats on winning the top producer award! This lens is being featured at the Showcase today.

      www.giantsquidshowcase.com

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      Sandy Mertens 9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      So sad! My heart goes out to the family. This is a great tribute.

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      GreenRevolution 9 years ago

      Great job Thomas! Your lens is very compelling and well-designed. Thanks for bringing this sad, but important story to our attention. God bless Nona and her family. 5*S

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      ssuthep 9 years ago

      Great presentation to showcase a compelling story. *****

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      I had heard of this case but really didn't know much. Excellent job in summarizing all of the surround issues. Excellent work!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      its heart breaking..I believe it was the step father who killed her..anyway why would he erase everything off her cellphone and take it?Its because he was the one text messaging!

      p.s nona-RIP i love uu!!!!!!!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Listening to the videos creates a chilling reality to this tragic, tragic story. Blessings to Nona that she is in a happier place; blessings to the families involved; blessings to you Thomas for creating a tribute to Nona.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I feel real empathy for Kevin, especially since he cannot even go on with his life and attend the college of his choice.

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      Lou165 9 years ago from Australia

      a great lens about a tragic case.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      The cops should go to jail, along with the phony stepfather. Who were they protecting? Why were they trying to railroad this poor kid? Let's see some real justice, put the cops away ....

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      I'll be watching 48 hours in a about half an hour to see what this story is all about. So sad.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      You've done a wonderful job on this lens Thomas.

      Blessing on this one! :o)

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I've heard of this case. It's so very sad. Thank you for stating the facts and honoring Nona's memory. Blessings to you.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I also agree that the stepdad seems very guilty. At the least, he is a sicko, if not the murderer. Why would he think anyone would "buy" the tale that he needed his stepdaughter's cell phone because he is cheap. Give me a break! He's trying to keep evidence hid forever.

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've never heard about this girl or the crime against her. It is such a sad event but definitely a story that should be told. Thank you for sharing it.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow, so the stepfather was not the one arrested. What a shock. Guess some folks might owe him an apology.

      I'm just saying. . .

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a tragic case. To me, the fault lies with the Russellville PD. They were clearly underqualified to conduct a thorough investigation and that, coupled with the "bubba" mentality, spelled disaster for not only K. Jones, but everyone involved. Now that's there's supposedly irrefutable DNA evidence that Gary Dunn was the murderer, I wonder how Nona's family feels about all the horrible things they said about K. Jones and his family? Tragedy for EVERYONE.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I just hope they got the right guy. How sad that Kevin's life has been messed up from having been arrested in the first place, even though he was acquitted. I just feel very bad for Nona's family and all involved.

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      ThomasC 9 years ago

      Anyone have any comments about the recent arrest of Gary Dunn for the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      It's a true testament to the ignorance of the general public how the step-father has been verbally crucified, and for what? There is absolutely NO physical evidence that he was involved with Nona's death! Asking for the cell phone afterwards is circumstantial "evidence" at best. Get a clue!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      The stepfather is so guilty. His mean attitude is horrible. He was too firm with her and is the reason she moved out to begin with. Had her on a 9pm curfew because he locked doors at 10pm and said nothing good happened after 10pm. He is an arrogant killing pig! They need to call in some real lawmen and get him to confess. They botched the crimescene so badly they won't have any evidence to prove it. He will have to finally confess. They need somebody really good to interogate him! What a loser he is! He makes me sick! The grinning mother makes me even sicker! Does she really need a man that badly to stay with her daughers killer? Whew! I feel better now!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I just watched Dateline and even before I read the other posts about the stepfather being guilty, I felt the same way!!

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      RichLeighHD 9 years ago

      I knew nothing about this before reading, this lens was however incredibly informative and has taught me a lot about the case. Thank you for sharing this with us all!

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      Dav1d0 9 years ago

      Hi, thanks for joining Squidoovision ;) Good luck and keep lens rolling in the future ;)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      THE STEP FATHER KILLER HER! Period, and that sicko mother, who always wears that stupid smile in TV shows is covering for him. Erased the cell phone, called the mother 8 times to make an excuse for the day..sad for the girl, but time to hang that mother and step father out to dry, HE KILLED HER and she is covering up for him..Oh yeah.. what a LOOSER police department that town has, I guess what they say about Cops with lo I.Q.s is real!

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      justbeing 9 years ago

      it was the stepfather!!!! it's so obvious!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice page!

      Note: Duane and Carol Dipert live in Russellville, AR.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You don't have to be from Russellville to know about Nona Dirksmeyer. Since Kevin was acquitted and the fingerprint on the condom wrapper has been identified, hopefully the truth will come out in the near future. Thank you for honoring her memory.