LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - 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 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.
Kevin Jones talked with THV's Liz Massey to talk about his life after his acquittal in Nona Dirksmeyer's death.
Nona was killed in her Russellville apartment in 2005. A second suspect, Gary Dunn, was tried twice in her death but acquitted both times.
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