Defense Attacks Evidence In Jones Trial

    2:45 PM, Jul 17, 2007   |    comments
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    Lawyers for Kevin Jones worked to discredit the prosecution's evidence Tuesday in Jones' first-degree murder trial. Jones is accused in the 2005 murder of Arkansas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer. A key piece of evidence in the trial is a light bulb from a lamp that prosecutors allege was used to kill Dirksmeyer. Jones' left a bloody handprint on the bulb, which prosecutors say links Jones to the slaying at Dirksmeyer's Russellville apartment. (See link below pictures for more stories.) But the defense put on an expert witness Tuesday who told the jury that the print was left on the lamp when the body was found by Jones, his mother and another person -- not at the time of the killing. Another defense witness discussed the timeline for where Jones was at certain times the day of the slaying. Two other witnesses told the jury that Jones seemed normal to them the afternoon of the killing. The trial is continuing. Proceedings were moved from Russellville to Ozark because of pretrial news coverage.

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