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Nona Dirksmeyer

Updated on April 1, 2014

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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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Seriously... Another thing would u not b pissed and upset if u just found someone u love or care about dead Id bust my car up and probably break some stuff .. punching a chair cmon people get real

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Guilty Heck even we r smarter than the Jury n investigators... Totally obvious. I have researched this case for a long time I am a criminal justice major and I believe He is responsible they just want to cast doubt and place blame where it does not belong. Quit listening to the word of mouth in this small town and go based on your training and knowledge . Sometimes your gut is the only source you can rely on.. I mean .. Why else would Dunns condom be there?????

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Kevin is beyond innocent. He was upset. If you knew him personally and seen him with Nona, you'd never say that "WATCHER"

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes He's Guilty. Hang Gary. Give my dear friend the justice she deserves. She was a wonderful woman. I miss her. We played basketball together in middle school.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think Gary Dunn is the killer and his DNA should prove that.DNA is a Fact!. I would think if Kevin Jones killed Nona the light bulb would have been broken with is palm print on it and so much rage going on in that apartment. The only people to blame for the killer to still be out there,is the police department for not doing their job. Other murders in this town as well as Dover Arkansas have not been solved for the same shotty police work their idea of an investigation is get the job over with so they can get that feather in their hat and that at a boy pat on their back. There have been more murders in POPE COUNTY and never been solved that people don't realize. My brother was one of them. But the PCDC will be the first one to tell you that their still working on the case, after almost 4 years what are the chances They just don't care or they don't know how to do their job.This is the kind of police department ,sheriff's office and prosecutors we have in pope county. So let's not only blame the killers among us. Let's blame the people that are responsible for them still being out there and families and friend's still wondering why.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Guilty. What type of human being stalks a female jogger and beats her over the head with a tree branch? Thank God she got away. He also beat and killed Nona in a similar way. What is wrong with Arkansas? How come he was not convicted? I feel so bad for Nona's mother. May God heal all her pain.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Its funny how Dunn's mother says he didn't even know the girl but his DNA is on the condom wrapper so apparently either he knew her better than he claimed to have known her or he got what he wanted from her and killed her.The guy already has a history assaulting women so even if they weren't connected he should have been in the suspect discussion from the beginning simply because of that piece of history and how close he lived to her. I do feel bad for Kevin though having to find out about what seems to be several other guys through the investigation. At this point im unsure that even if someone is found guilty it will be the person who actually killed her. Dunn seems to be a prime suspect, the step-father is kinda sketchy and i still gotta wonder if Kevin didn't just get angry when he found out she was cheating and blow up then really just get really lucky in court. Who know someone random not even in the investigation could have done it i just hope someone is found guilty soon so the family can have peace, but im not sure anyone will ever really know for sure who actually did it, other than that person themselves.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      At first the step-father was my first thought for a suspect but when the DNA on the condom wrapper came back as Kevin Dunn's i had second thoughts. I immediately changed my mind when I saw his picture and then heard about his criminal past of assaulting women. Did the police really investigate this murder? It looks like they automatically jumped on Kevin Jones and tried to make every piece of evidence point to him. Lucky for Kevin they were not near as smart as they thought when they used the word "tacky". Even though they tried to cover that with a lie they knew the bloody handprint was fresh and not done at the time of the murder. They should be fired for not at least investigating neighbors instead of just saying that most of the time the murderer is someone close to the victim. 100% lack of investigative skills in this case. We see it too much and I wonder how many innocent people are in jail or have been executed because of worthless police investigations.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Poor Kevin. Kevin, I believe is innocent, but I find it weird when I watch Nona's case presented on television that they to just skim over the fact that she was sleeping with, what they make it seem, several different men and Kevin had to find it out that way through a police investigation. I don't know about the step-father, but Dunn's wife is a good angle. Maybe she caught them together in the act? With Kevin's new lawsuit, the facts in the case are embarrassing the Russellville PD. They knew Gary Dunns' alibi was false, but still went after Jones?.... I just pray one day they find out who do this and that there's closure.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Jury should be tested to see if they can add 2+2.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I cannot understand why the DA believed that Kevin was guilty when there was one single palmprint on a lightbulb but no other evidence. No fingerprints on the lamp. So, he went in, killed her with gloves on and wiped everything down and left and no one saw him? He had no history of violence towards Nona or anyone else, for that matter.... I am not surprised he lost it in the interrogation room, who, at the age of 19 is able to be calm and collected when frustrated and in a situation like that. BUT... there is a man that was convicted of attacking a woman that was unknown to him for no apparent reason and his own wife testified that he abused her. Also why is his DNA found in her apartment if he had never met her? He was right above her apartment and could go there, beat her and then leave and go to his apartment to clean up... Gee I wonder who is the most likely suspect? I also agree that the stepfather is strange, to say the least, but I don't think he killed her or had anything to do with it. I also think that if he had abused Nona, she would have told Kevin, or alluded to him that something was wrong. I think that both of her parents are social retards, and the fact that they are staying silent and are making no comment now that there is a new suspect is unforgivable. Are they still going to believe Kevin is guilty when Dunn is convicted?

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Stepfather and mom are wack jobs but dunn did it.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      well, anyone that would say he beat a girl down and she didn't get back up would raise questions in someones eyes wouldn't it!! he often bragged about his temper with women while in jail..from anonymous inmates...

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I believe there are suspicision that the step father may have done it. If it were my child or stepchild, I wouldn't want to touch anything, I would want the police to check everything in her house for any evidence. As far as Gary Dunn, if he and Nona had a relationship, he needs to tell it, because as of now, all the evidence is pointing to him. As far as Kevin, the jury has to convict or find innocent based on rather or not there is reasonable doubt. If there is any reasonable doubt they have to find a person not guilty rather they believe them to be innocent or not. It's up to the police to do some good detective work and make sure there is no reasonable doubt.

      Right now, from what I see, there are 3 possible suspects. Kevin, Gary, and the step-father. May the step-father just used poor judgement as did the police in giving him that cell phone. But as a parent, I would want that phone as evidence.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i have been following the case of gary dunn good luck ky cousin in court tonya your dads niece

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      gary is guilty of the murder he is my cousin i know his father i am shocked by all this

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Guilty because I know Kevin loved nona and was way to young to "cover it up that good" be honest with youself...

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      my cousin is guilty he should have remained at home like u should been u deserve what they give u

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I absolutely don't think Kevin Jones had anything to do with the murder, he was in love with Nona and her friends even said that he would never hurt her. I'm not sure about Gary Dunn, his DNA was found at the apartment and he claims he never even new Nona.I definetly think they should look into the stepfather though,he said that he took Nona's phone because he is a cheapskate and needed a phone at the time, ummm hello??? Your step daughter was just brutally murdered and all you can think about is how you'd like to have her phone?? Rediculous.

    • ThomasC 6 years ago

      Dateline must have aired again! Everyone thinks it is the step father again! Seriously, think about the cell phone for a second. COPS WERE DONE WITH THE PHONE!

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        First of all why would Kevin Jones punching a chair at the police station make him look guilty? He had just left a horrific crime scene in which his girlfriend had been brutally murdered. Of course he's angry and to release some of it into an inanimate object doesn't surprise me. Let's also not forget how young he was at the time. Sobbing at the funeral seemed contrived by the stepfather's standards. A stepfather who took the phone of his brutally murdered stepdaughter and began deleting her contacts so he could use it BEFORE she was even buried. . Yeah, he's someone who has a grip on the many faces of grief. Kevin's youth, probable inexperience with death and mental exhastion from hours of brutal interrogation the night before more than explain his inability to control his emotions.

        Of course Kevin Jones' emotional state and reactions are subjective. So let's take the emotion out of the whole scene and examine the police's "smoking gun" the bloody handprint on the light bulb. This evidence was refuted by the prosecuters blood expert because the police described the blood as "tacky". Blood dries fast especially on a smooth nonporous surface and would not be "tacky" hours after it was deposited. Period.

        I don't know about Gary Dunn. He does seem a much more likely suspect than Kevin Jones but dateline to my knowledge has not done a story on his trial. THe condom wrapper was all that I found on the internet linking him to Nona and apparently the DNA was inconclusive. Without more information it's difficult to give an opinion.

        Now let's examine Nona's family. I have watched many shows like the one Dateline presented on Nona's murder and I have never seen parents as unemotional as hers. Statically women gravitate towards certain types of men. Nona's mother's first husband (Nona's father) was obviously a twisted man and a predator. He molested his own daughter. He dies and Nona's mother marries another man who is, at best, self absorbed and at worst narcissitic. I can't get past the callous way he took her cell phone and have to wonder if he wanted it to destroy evidence. Perhaps he stopped by her apartment that day, saw the condom wrapper and went into a rage? Who knows but I would think the police would investigate everyone in Nona's life.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I say not guilty. Maybe he was sleeping with her...I don't know. I do think, however, that her stepfather has something to do with this brutal murder....

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think Kevin Johns did it. Did anyone see him hit a chair hard in the police investigation room while he was alone? It doesn't look like he was grieving boyfriend who just found out his beloved girlfriend was killed. It looks more like he was still angry or he got cut. He outsmarted the police in contaminting the murder scene. Poor police. They couldn't find a way to prove it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Did anyone notice the huge drink the step father walked out of the court with? It was like he thought he was going to watch a great movie at the cinema! Definitely NOT normal muder trial court room etiquette. This lax approach made my mind up. Add this with the phone & behavior and I can't see why he has not been investigated more.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I would personally be looking more closely at the Step-father & Mother.

        No mother of a murdered child, (no matter how far down the track) could smile in an interview. It also seems quite perverse to use the phone of a deceased person, let alone a family members. The excuse of being a scruge doesn't wash !

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        This whole case is sad. It is really horrifying to know that two men stood trial for the murder. That lets me know that the State never really had a case against either. No one truly knows who murdered Nona. I mean we can all specualte, but who really knows. I do agree that the step-father and mother seem a bit odd. I also agree that Gary has past behavioral patterns that would suggest that he is capable of the murder. But I what I have to wonder - if he did in fact commit the murder, why would he leave the condom rapper at the scene when he had done such a wonderful job cleaning up the crime scene from his own dna??? Sad to say, but I don't think they will ever find who murdered Nona.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        i don't think Gary Dunn is Guilty. I have no doubt in my mind that it was Nona's step father who murdered her. Yes, Gary has a history of violence and a record, but if you hadn't notice there isn't a motive for why he would have wanted to kill Nona if all they were doing was hooking up. on the dateline episode i had just watched on TV, the step father acted as if there was something going on with his relationship with Nona, more than a daughter-step father relationship should be. Also the way the step father acted in the courtroom towards Kevin Jones, makes it seem as if he has something more to hide as he did take the cell phone from the cops before a trial had even started, which is contamination of evidence on many levels. i think the police should be looking at the step father more than anyone, cause like what one of jurors in Kevin's case said, statistics show that it is always someone close to the victim than someone non close to the victim. It never crossed their mind that it could have been the step father, i think the police just wanted to make a case to sweep under the rug. like most departments do.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I also feel the step father had something to do with the murder. Neither he or his mother showed sadness. The mother often smiled which in my opinion is not normal.

        Why would the step father want the phone? I would think he already had one. The police said they had what they needed from it, but had nothing to give the defense. They even said they were ashamed for having give the dad the phone. I can't imagine the mother not knowing her daughter was molested. She told Kevin about it early in the relationship, why wouldn't tell her mother?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Not guilty, How could he have gone in,, choked her, beat her, and cut her face and leave no evidience? Even if there was a comdom wrapper there they said it coud match several other DNA's. And it does not mean he murdered her.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        i don't know what to say about Gary Dunn but For some reason I don't want to believe that nonas boyfriend is guilty. if his whereabouts on the day she was murdered were all accounted for then how could he be a suspect? he can't be in two places at once. this case is crazy, I hope nonas family gets closure one day

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I think they should look into the stepfather, to me the mother and stepfather showed no remorse. Just because Gary Dunn has a history of violence doesn't mean he did it. Just look at the way the mother acts. Never once did she seem upset.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Kevin is guilty

      • ThomasC 6 years ago

        To Amber: What purpose would it serve to retrieve a cell phone AFTER the police have taken every bit of evidence off of that cell phone? So many people suspect the step father based on him wanting to use her cell phone. Cops were done with it, all evidence gathered. What could the step father possibly cover up after the cops have already done all of the forensic tests? I don't get it why people think the step father did it! The dude sitting in jail has a violent history where he beat a woman and tried to rape her, but yet people suspect the step father???? lol I give up!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I believe Gary Dunn is not guilty of this crime. If he was I would think there would have been more evidence. I just don't believe he did it. I think the Stepfather had something to do with it...Why else would he have thrown such a fit to get Nona's cell phone right after the murder?? Just a thought.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I have to agree with Veronica. Even some of Kevins own friends think he is guilty. Just another fine piece of police work by the Russellville detectives. Rosco and Barney!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Gary Dunn's wife testified in previous trial that she had witnessed Dunn "hanging out" at late hours with Nona and friends before in the complex. My assumption is that Nona and Dunn may have engaged in intercourse, hence the condom wrapper, and the boyfriend Jones found out and attacked Nona in rage.

      • ThomasC 6 years ago

        Yes, the condom wrapper was located the same night Nona's body was discovered.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        hi thomas ,please fill me in because i am not local so only information is online and our local paper. did police find the condom wrapper in their search. maybe i misunderstood.

      • ThomasC 6 years ago

        Hi Karen,

        You sure got a lot of the facts wrong about this case. Maybe watch the dateline show or just read some more about the case. For one, the lawyers did not "find" the condom, they were able to make a different match of dna other than Kevin Jones from the wrapper. Yes the condom was tested before the Kevin Jones trial.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        this is a case of shody police work at its worst. how could the lawyers of someone just turn up with something in this case the condom wrapper and say oh by the way we found this at the crime scene.if it was overlooked by the police in their search what kind of judge would even allow it to be used as evidence. this is real scary.and if what i read is true it was not tested for prints until after kevin jones was found not guilty.were they afraid it would be his or if you are trying to prove your clint to be innocent and you have this why not turn it over right away. this smells of entrapment. lawyers should be on trial too.dont see how any jury could find gary dunn guilty. only thing kevin jones had was a clean past but he could have snapped.happens all the time.

      Gary Dunn Trial Day by Day 2010
      Gary Dunn Trial Day by Day 2010

      Gary Dunn Trial Day by Day 2010

      Follow what happened during the Gary Dunn Trial

      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.

      Read more about Gary Dunn Trial Day 1

      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.

      Read the full story

      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."

      Click here to read about the rest of the Jurors

      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.

      Read the full story

      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."

      Read the full story

      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."

      Read the full mid day report

      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

      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.

      Read the full story

      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.

      Get the full story

      Fox 16 story

      The Courier Story

      NWAransas News

      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.

      Read the full story....

      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.

      Read the whole story

      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.

      Read the rest of the story

      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.

      Read the full story

      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.

      Read the full story

      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.

      Read the full story

      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.

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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.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Nice page!

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

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          justbeing 9 years ago

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

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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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          Dav1d0 9 years ago

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

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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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          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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          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

          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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          ThomasC 8 years ago

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

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          Susan Deppner 8 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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          anonymous 8 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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          anonymous 8 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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          Moe Wood 8 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 8 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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          KimGiancaterino 8 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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          teamlane 8 years ago

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

          Blessing on this one! :o)

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          Dianne Loomos 8 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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          anonymous 8 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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          Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

          a great lens about a tragic case.

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          julieannbrady 8 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 8 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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          RuthCoffee 8 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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          ssuthep 8 years ago

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

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          GreenRevolution 8 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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          Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

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

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          Robin S 8 years ago from USA

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

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          anonymous 8 years ago

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

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          You have really done a thorough job with this lens telling this horrible 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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          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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          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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          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 7 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 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 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

          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

          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

          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 was his DNA on the condom wrapper inside her home? Denial is a terrible thing.

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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 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 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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          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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          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

          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


          russellville1 - R U shur they aint tellin us outsiders allot that aint tru? Lyke whut?

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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

          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

          @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

          @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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          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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          Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Congratulations on the purple star! (For those reading this who don't know what that is, it's a big honor on Squidoo.) I commented on my Quest lens ( ) about why I chose this lens for a star. I really appreciate the way you keep it updated with all the news on this case.

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          eccles1 6 years ago

          Sad story and it happens so much now days

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          glenanail 6 years ago

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

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          joanv334 6 years ago

          Thanks for sharing!

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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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          Philippians468 6 years ago

          thank you for sharing this lens..may God comfort those who are affected..

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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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          boutiqueshops 5 years ago

          I've been keeping up with the story through this page ~ well done. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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          Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

          Thank you ThomasC for finding me when I was a baby squid and helping me learn how to make good lenses. You taught me so much that I thought my head would explode! Your patience, kindness, and friendship have been very much appreciated over the last few years.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Thank you ThomasC for being an amazing friend. I've learned so much from you and just wanted to publicly thank you like Dianne. You are a treasure in my life. I am so blessed and honored to be your friend. I thank God for you daily.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Thank you, ThomasC for being such a great person to do business with, who became a great friend. I am also blessed and honored to have you as my friend. God Bless You and your family...and may we be BFF's 4EVR =>

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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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          nightbear lm 5 years ago

          Wow, what an intense and detailed page. This is a story I was unfamiliar. I feel well informed now. blessed.

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          CPDInteractive 5 years ago

          I like your article, very useful and inspiring. thank you.

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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

          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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          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

          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

          @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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          steph-naylor 5 years ago

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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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