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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.


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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.


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  • jovette
    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)

  • Inquirer51
    May 25, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.

    I just saw a rerun of this story on OWN. Keith Morrison accepted everything Kevin Jones said at face value. It was apparent that the producers and/or Keith Morrison were convinced that Gary Dunn committed the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer, although there was no proof of his guilt, only innuendo. Personally, I believe Kevin Jones got away with murder, but I wouldn't rule out the stepfather.

    It may be a minor point, but Bill James and Jeff Rosenweig are not public defenders, they were court appointed attorneys in this case.

    Keith Morrison ended his report by stating that Nona Dirksmeyer didn't get justice. Since when is convicting a man justice when he has not been proven guilty beyond a reaonsable doubt?