Hearing Set For Dirksmeyer Slaying Suspect

    9:25 AM, Feb 11, 2009   |    comments
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    Gary W. Dunn was arrested last August in the Dec. 15, 2005, slaying of 19-year-old Nona Dirksmeyer. Authorities say Dunn lived at the same apartment complex as Dirksmeyer. 

    After a high-profile trial in Franklin County in 2007, a jury acquitted Dirksmeyer's boyfriend, Kevin N. Jones, of the killing. A special prosecutor launched a new investigation into Dirksmeyer's death after police said DNA found on a condom wrapper matched Dunn.

    Dunn's trial is scheduled for April 13. He is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond at the Pope County Detention Center.

    Authorities say Dirksmeyer died from a skull fracture that occurred when she was struck by a floor lamp.

    The 29-year-old Dunn was convicted of second-degree battery in 2003 and sentenced to six years in prison after he assaulted a 24-year-old woman at a park in Russellville in 2002, though state guidelines allowed early release.

    (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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