The prosecution rested Monday in the trial of Kevin Jones, accused of killing his girlfriend, an Arkansas Tech student.
Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 15, 2005, slaying of Nona Dirksmeyer, who also was the reigning Miss Petit Jean Mountain.
Before resting his case in the weeklong trial, Prosecutor David Gibbons called witnesses to testify about a handprint found on a floor lamp, the alleged murder weapon, and about the appearance of the crime scene.
Witness Tom Bevel said several items in Dirksmeyer's residence where she was found beaten to death appeared to be staged to divert police attention away from the real killer. He testified also that a bloody palm print on a light bulb in the lamp was made at the time of the killing.
Testimony has been that the print matched Jones' palm print but the defense has tried to show that the print could have been made when Jones and others went to the residence to check on Dirksmeyer and found her bloodied body.
The defense began its case, calling Jones' sixth-grade teacher and a secretary at an intermediate school to testify on his behalf.
The trial is expected to take the rest of the week.
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