RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Defense lawyers for a man accused of the 2005 slaying of an Arkansas Tech student have filed D-N-A evidence they say rules out their client as the assailant.
Kevin Jones of Dover is to go on trial January 16th on a first-degree murder charge in the December 15th, 2005, bludgeoning death of Nona Dirksmeyer. The 19-year-old Dirksmeyer was found dead in her Russellville apartment. Jones was her boyfriend.
Defense documents filed with the court say that Florida-based D-N-A Labs International found that D-N-A found on a condom wrapper "ruled Kevin Jones out" as the source.
Russellville police alleged in a probable cause statement for Jones' arrest that Jones put the condom wrapper on a counter in the apartment to make it look like rape was the motive for the attack. Police also said that the medical examiner found no evidence of sexual assault.
In addition, the court filings show that Jones may testify and that his lawyers may call as witnesses Jones' mother, Janice, and the victim's stepfather and mother, Duane and Carole Dipert.