Subscribe Register Login

Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:33 p.m.
Top Picks - Capture Arkansas

Nona Dirksmeyer murder focus of new 'Dateline' episode

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published February 22, 2013 at 8:29 a.m.

Search mug shots, government salaries, crime maps and more at our Right2Know page.

Dateline NBC will profile the criminal case surrounding the 2005 beating death of Arkansas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer in an hour-long episode set to air Friday night, the show said in a statement.

Dirksmeyer, a former beauty queen, was found beaten to death in her Russellville apartment in 2005. Her boyfriend, Kevin Jones, was first accused of the crime, but a jury acquitted him of the charges.

Prosecutors later charged Gary Dunn with the murder after DNA evidence at the scene was said to link him to the crime. But two separate trials ended with deadlocked juries as Dunn's attorneys argued he was innocent and pointed to Jones as the real killer despite his earlier acquittal.

Prosecutors initially said they intended to try Dunn a third time, but they later asked a judge to have the charges against him dismissed. Officials said then that the charges could still be re-filed at a later date.

According to NBC, the episode will feature "surprising new twists" and the "first-time interview with the investigator who uncovered startling new evidence in this case."

A special prosecutor on the case didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment Friday morning.

The Dateline episode, which marks the second time the show has covered the case after a 2008 profile, airs at 7 p.m. on NBC.

Comment on: Nona Dirksmeyer murder focus of new 'Dateline' episode

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1 total comment

jovette says... May 3, 2013 at 4:49 a.m.

I think that the Police should look into the Stepfather, why would he want the phone, of his stepdaughter, you would think that he would want the police to get all the evidence of the killer. But he takes the phone and erase all the numbers and put his in. Can't the police still look at the phone records and see if his number or any emails have his name attached. The STEPFATHER DID IT. (NONA DIRKSMEYER)

( | suggest removal )

  • page
  • 1
Click here to make a comment

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.


  • Rn

    - P, M-Fflexible hours Working with adults with disabilitie...

  • Telemarketing sales representative

    Earning Potential $35K and Up We are looking for one experi...
    Little Rock, AR

  • Therapist

    vantage point of northwest arkansas Is seeking qualified app...

  • Technician/detailer-comfort systems

    USA (Arkansas) Inc. has an opening for a CAD Technician/Det...

  • Librarian/assistant

    University of Arkansas at Little RockCollections and Archive...

Search 727 jobs >

Top Picks - Capture Arkansas
Arkansas Online