A federal judge has set a trial date for two Russellville law officers who are the targets of a lawsuit by a man who was acquitted in the death of beauty queen
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEVE KEESEE 12/22/05 Russellville murder victim Nona Dirksmeyer.
The civil trial is set for Feb. 11, 2013, giving Kevin Jones about a year to prepare his court action against Russellville police Detective Mark Frost and former police chief James Bacon.
Jones claims Frost and Bacon ignored evidence that pointed to a man who wound up being tried twice for the 2005 slaying, both times ending in a hung jury.
Frost and Bacon argue in court papers that Jones received a fair trial and that provided him with proper relief. Jones’ attorney says Jones’ parents were financially ruined by defending their innocent son.